sonic geographies

July 8, 2009 — Leave a comment

Sonic Geographies takes sound as the entry point for excavating and mapping urban experience and invisible infrastructures of the city.

A series of experiments and scenarios are being developed that operate as maps and journeys but also as highly personal renderings of sonic experience – sounds of the personal world in conversation with sounds of the city.

The mappings attempt to excavate the layers of sound that make up the city and create strata of difference: from the sound of a city’s church bells to the shifting sonic signatures of traffic, music radio and the layers of wireless communications. Sound eludes systems of representation: this process of excavation will entail developing a graphic language and notational system for representing and articulating sonic difference, and the inter-relationships that occur as urban experience.

The excavation is designed to open up a new space of enquiry into the experience of the city, and how sound functions as a kind of infrastructure for understandings of place and geography particular to contemporary conditions in the city.

>Project Postcard [PDF 78Kb]


URBAN TAPESTRIES is an interactive location-based wireless application allowing users to access and publish location-specific multimedia content (such as local historical information, personal memories, pictures, short movies and sounds). It is a forum for sharing experience and knowledge, for leaving ephemeral traces of peoples’ presence in the geography of the city.
Team: Alice Angus, Daniel Angus, John Paul Bichard, Kat Jungnickel, Giles Lane, Rachel Murphy & Nick West with Professor Roger Silverstone and Zoe Sujon.
Partners: Hewlett Packard Labs, Bristol; London School of Economics
Funding: Department of Trade & Industry & Arts Council of England

>Project Website 

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