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Listening Together, Making Place

  • Katharine Norman (a1)
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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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Casey, E.S. 1996. How to Get from Space to Place in a Fairly Short Stretch of Time: Phenomenological Prolegomena. In S. Feld and K. Basso (eds.) Senses of Place. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press (also available at http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/philosophy/people/faculty_pages/docs/Casey_How_to_Get_from_Space_to_Place_b.pdf, accessed 20 January 2012).
Casey, E.S. 1997. The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Dunn, D. 1997. Sound Art and the Sacred. http://davidddunn.com/~david/Index2.htm, accessed 1 January 2012 (originally published in TERRA NOVA, Nature & Culture 2(3)).
Feld, S. 2001. Rainforest Soundwalks: Ambiences of Bosavi, Papua New Guinea. Earth Ear ee1062 2001. Online extracts available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stevenfeld1, accessed 17 July 2012.
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López, F. 1998a. La Selva. V2_Archief, The Netherlands. Extract available at http://www.franciscolopez.net/mp3/11.mp3, accessed 1 January 2012.
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