Sounding Places
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Sounding Places

More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music

Edited by Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy and Theresa Harada

This edited collection examines the more-than-representational registers of sound. It asks how sound comes to be a meaningful ingredient in the microgeographies of place-making through the workings of affect, emotion, and atmosphere, how sound contributes to shaping a variety of embodied and spatially situated experiences, and how such aspects can be harnessed methodologically. These topics contribute to broader debates on the relations between representation and the non- or more-than-representational that are taking place across the social sciences and humanities in the wake of the cultural turn. More specifically, the book contributes to the fertile theoretical intersections of sound, affect, emotion, and atmosphere.
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Chapter 4: Affective relations of bodies and sound: the constitution of the ‘Ben Gurion International Airport 2000’ planning project

Mor Shilon


This chapter gives attention to the affective relations between bodies and sound in the ‘Ben Gurion International Airport 2000’ planning project. It demonstrates how forms of affectivity evoked through aircraft ‘noise’ can shape planning processes and outcomes on the ground. To do so, it draws on qualitative methodologies, adjusting the tool of the in-depth interview by situating it in locations which are deliberately exposed to aircraft sounds in order to study affective atmospheres. The chapter engages the concepts ‘affect’ and ‘affective atmosphere’ from the discipline of human geography and brings them into conversation with queries of urban studies regarding contemporary planning processes and the ways to address them. It contributes to the burgeoning scholarship that studies the non-representational by providing empirical accounts of affective relations as influencing a planning process on the ground. While there are many ways to engage with planning processes, the chapter concludes that affective relations are another – essential – way of doing so.

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