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)[…]

#SoundCon-ing for World Listening Day 2016 #WLD2016

Just finished speaking just very briefly on the idea of critical soundmapping – which I’m happy to say is not at all even remotely original an idea. It is wonderful to see a global emergent field of sound studies entering the conversation, which at times in acoustic ecology has been stale – new and diverse Read more about #SoundCon-ing for World Listening Day 2016 #WLD2016[…]

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[…]

Eternal 4:33

The recording that you’re about to hear (or not) is 4 minutes and 33 seconds of ambience during the endurance marathon that is the show Eternal (seen by yours truly at the PUSH festival 2016 in Vancouver). Now, don’t get me wrong, I liked it. It’s a two-hour continuous take in split-screen of two actors method-rehearsing Read more about Eternal 4:33[…]

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[…]

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[…]