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 17: Musical improvisation as therapeutic practice: an interlude

Candice P. Boyd

Abstract

This piece serves as an interlude – a point of departure and an opportunity to reflect on the practice of sound making. Based on a short film which was screened at the Geography, Space, Music Conference at Durham University in 2018, the writing is organised around five quotations from Erin Manning’s (2016) The Minor Gesture which serve as thematic provocations for the insights offered. The five themes taken up by the author are: Affirmation, Experimentation, Vibration, Elasticity and Gesture.

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