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[…]

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)[…]

Sound Study: Yaletown (Part 2)

After a longer hiatus than anticipated comes the second installment in my Yaletown sound study. Where we left off things in the last post, I started out recording without a specific idea and ended up making some interesting comparisons between sound environments in close proximity to one another, as well as observations about how the Read more about Sound Study: Yaletown (Part 2)[…]

Sound Study: Olympic Village

So in the past six months I’ve been thinking about the concept of sound study as something more than a ‘postcard’, a sustained exploration of the geographical, sensory, cultural and social environment through the channel of listening. At the same time understanding that listening is always connected to the other senses and to the social Read more about Sound Study: Olympic Village[…]

Sensory Postcard: Coffeetivity at The Bean

I came by an interesting post today on Facebook, from the Creative Post about a study (I am yet to read, but very curious) which suggests that coffee shop ambience fosters creative intellectual labour. The story goes as so – as more and more independent creative contracts are moved to the cafe instead of to the (home) Read more about Sensory Postcard: Coffeetivity at The Bean[…]

Sensory postcard: People & Urban Spaces

Following the previous post, I continue my offerings of Speaking Photo and Picle-inspired slideshow recordings, a series I’d like to call people in spaces. Meaning, what interests me is the type, level and timbre of ambiance that happens when you put one, two or many people in a given space. Once again, because I’m using Read more about Sensory postcard: People & Urban Spaces[…]

Sensory postcard: Downtown Vancouver in Transit

Even though I drive now, and have been for a while, the sound of various transit and traffic vehicles are still quite forefront in my experience and my urban sensibilities. After all, even when I walk on the street, I am affronted with the sounds of various cars and public transit vehicles. In celebration of Read more about Sensory postcard: Downtown Vancouver in Transit[…]