The Limits of Aurality

On March 23 I spoke briefly (and somewhat incoherently) at a symposium organized by colleagues in let’s say a broad field of sound studies, Eldritch Priest and Tobias Ewé. The symposium was called Limits of Aurality, and I was excited about the possibility of thinking about my long-time frustrations with acoustic ecology and a soundscape Read more about The Limits of Aurality[…]

Sensory postcard – Cafés (Binaural)

This post has been sitting un-composed in my inbox for ages. In the meantime, inspired by my own blog-archiving of cafe soundscapes I wrote a thing called “The Coffee-Office, Soundscapes of Productivity,” something like this, and it’s available here, published in BC Studies Journal (Or download the file here: 189054-208605-1-PB): http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/bcstudies/article/view/189054/186868 . I have been recording with my Read more about Sensory postcard – Cafés (Binaural)[…]

Sensory Postcard – Bikes (Binaural edition)

I haven’t written about sensory postcards in a while but that’s definitely not because I haven’t been doing them, but because of, well, time, and trying to move more pressing projects out the door. I am applying for various grants to make my urban soundscape project “Listening to the City” (Listening as Intervention) a reality Read more about Sensory Postcard – Bikes (Binaural edition)[…]

Sensory Postcards as New Media Ethnography

For a couple of years now, ever since I ‘seriously’ started engaged my dissertation research, I’ve been forming up this idea of sensory postcards as a methodology for doing everyday ethnography – but also, I guess, sensory postcards as a DIY new media practice that is facilitated by the ubiquity and mediation of mobile smart technologies. Read more about Sensory Postcards as New Media Ethnography[…]

The Sound of Bubbles

In my overall focus on everyday soundscapes (and by ‘focus’ I mean purist preoccupation) I do tend to overlook the vast and exciting domain of auditory sensory training in the food and beverage industries, something that has not escaped the watchful eye of @multisensorymel. While it seems that taste and smell are more prevalent as ‘constructed’ Read more about The Sound of Bubbles[…]

Making Sense – Intersensory workshop (RE/Lab)

A month ago @multisensorymel (Melanie McBride) and myself improvised a small-scale intersensory workshop out of Ryerson’s RE/Lab (Responsive Ecologies Lab) with the support of lab director Jason Nolan, as well as Daniel Harley and several RA colleagues. A combined blog post is still forthcoming, but I wanted to take the opportunity to start jotting down some initial impressions Read more about Making Sense – Intersensory workshop (RE/Lab)[…]

Bulgaria 2015: Subliminal sounds

So this is one of several posts finally on sound, from my recent visit to Bulgaria. I think sound is so much my default I decided to leave it for last this time but I also don’t want to forget anything. It really all started with the birds in Cambridge. More specifically, the owls, or Read more about Bulgaria 2015: Subliminal sounds[…]

Bulgaria 2015: Conceptual smell/landscapes

This is mostly just a continuation of my previous posts around the same topics – some additional smells, reflections on the built environment and landscape. Again, in order of discovery, some of the smells that have come through more clearly and that I recall from my youth are: cat feces and rotten food. Both are Read more about Bulgaria 2015: Conceptual smell/landscapes[…]

Bulgaria 2015: Parkour Lite and other Material Goodies

Back in 2011, when I attended WFAE in Corfu, Greece, I remember talking to one of the attendees about her research. It had something to do with cultural constructions of embodiment related to the built environment, which of course always reflects the ideology of time and that particular society. E.g. I remember her saying that in Read more about Bulgaria 2015: Parkour Lite and other Material Goodies[…]

Bulgaria 2015: Conceptual Smellscapes

I’ll just start by saying my holiday in Bulgaria this time is greatly enriched by a new awareness of smell, and a more informed, dedicated attention to soundscapes. A more mature sensory ethnographic sensibility. @multisensorymel ’s point that smellscapes can be thought of as ‘conceptual’ has given me some food for thought. But for now, Read more about Bulgaria 2015: Conceptual Smellscapes[…]