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 6: The call of the sea: how sound co-composes the place of the surfed wave

Jon Anderson and Lyndsey Stoodley

Abstract

This chapter explores the sound/music of the littoral zone, in particular the surfed wave. It investigates the role of the aural seascape in connecting and converging the human body with the technologies, currents, wind systems, mythologies and sensations which combine to form the practice of surfing. The chapter draws on primary interviews and (auto)ethnographic accounts of surfing drawn from research in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and explores the (more-than-) representational ways in which sensory encounters can be shared and articulated, and their significance for surfing identities, lifestyles and practices. It argues that sonic rhythms – heard from shore, felt through the surfing body, and anticipated in the ocean – are vital to the actor-centred ongoing composition that is the place of the surfed wave.

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