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 19: All about that place: tuning in to community radio – listener diary accounts

Catherine Wilkinson and Samantha Wilkinson

Abstract

Through the case study of community radio station KCC Live, this chapter examines how sound is a meaningful ingredient in the microgeographies of place-making. We promote listener diaries as a method of data collection well suited to harnessing the experiences of radio listening, capturing the production of knowledge that is felt, heard and embodied, and in facilitating access to emotional spaces and situations. We argue that a focus on the processes of sound requires us to take up new ways of thinking about embodiment and sound, because it draws attention to ourselves as embedded in and through the human and non-human elements of that space. We argue that more-than-representational theory, in particular the tools of emotion and affect, offers a means through which to do this through its considerations of fleeting experiences, feelings and encounters that, while often banal and unexceptional, are integral to shaping our everyday worlds.

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