More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music
Edited by Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy and Theresa Harada
Chapter 6: The call of the sea: how sound co-composes the place of the surfed wave
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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