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Listening Together, Making Place

  • Katharine Norman (a1)

In this paper I examine metaphors of place and place making, with reference to the phenomenological tradition and in particular Edward S. Casey, in relation both to sound-based music and art concerned with environment, and to listening and environmental sound. I do so in order to consider how aspects of place-making activity might be incorporated in aurally perceived works, and elicited in listeners, so that we might perhaps achieve a greater sense of ‘connectedness’ to sound-based music and art that is itself about – in some way – our connectedness to the environment. Three works, by Feld, Monacchi and López, form the basis for investigation.

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T Ingold . 2000. The Perception of the Environment: Essays in Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill. Abingdon: Routledge.

K Norman . 1996. Realworld Music as Composed Listening. Contemporary Music Review 15(1–2). Also available at, accessed 1 January 2012.

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Organised Sound
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