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 12: Sonifying the world

Anja Kanngieser and Rory Gibb

Abstract

Sonification or the translation of data into sound is a fast-growing method for the communication of ecological and geological change within the physical sciences and the creative arts. Within the intersections of art and science, it is being used to interrogate the distancing of the natural world from the human, both with the aim of patterning myriad events of anthropogenic environmental crisis, and to engender an empathetic and ethical political response to the rapid loss of species and lands. This chapter explores how data sonifications are being used as a tool for more-than-human understanding and the communication thereof, working beyond simple representations of data to create affective and emotional bonds to worlds usually inaccessible to human experience. Specifically, it examines how sonifications are deployed to bring vast and inhuman spatial and temporal scales, ecologies and processes into human measurements to create new knowledge of, and relationships with, global and extra-planetary environments. It argues for the role of these sonic and affective technologies in the apprehension of catastrophic and long ranging events beyond what can be approached by immediate human sense.

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