Natu-aural

Ramblings about sound etc.

“Science has given us music for cats”

 Oh lord, I think I may be a cat – I love this! Been thinking lately about art and humans and non-humans, and whether art is this elitist thing that belongs to humans only, and generally what is the role of art in human civilization, in society, where does it fit amongst other, seemingly more Read more about “Science has given us music for cats”[…]

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[…]

Soundwalk (New Brighton) New Music Series

Just a quick note to comment on a soundwalk I recently attended, led by my good friend Helena Krobath. We spent over an hour in the most beautiful sunshine walking through the Wall St./ McGill area and ending up at New Broughton beach. In addition to the rich soundscape the walk was also very fragrant Read more about Soundwalk (New Brighton) New Music Series[…]

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: Yaletown (Part 1)

This post has been coming for six months. I created this study in the summer of 2014 and I felt that it was so successful as an ethnographic methodology and experiential, inductive form of inquiry that I presented about it at the 2014 Social Science and Humanities Congress, at a special session called “The Digital Read more about Sound Study: Yaletown (Part 1)[…]

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[…]