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 10: Sonic and tactile bodies: sound, haptic space and accessibility

Karla Berrens

Abstract

The sonic ambiance we live within is constantly morphing, echoing the changes of a rapidly changing environment. It is always on and while we may not notice it, we are perpetually exposed both to the sound and the vibrations that “ensound” our bodies. The sonic ambiance is also tactile and through this sense can connect to people’s feelings and sensations. This chapter examines characteristics from the dimensions of touch and discomfort or pain (nociception) that the sonic ambiance produces in our bodies when we navigate the city. We argue the tactile and pain dimensions of sound are important actors in the making of place for diversely functional individuals. They intervene in aspects of their spatial orientation, their connection to their emotions in and towards the space they navigate, deeply shaping their relationship to the space they inhabit and to place.

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