Natu-aural

Ramblings about sound etc.

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)[…]

Soundmapping as Critical Cartography

For those kindly interested readers, I’m posting the accepted version SAGE allows me to post via Academia.edu in order to allow those without institutional affiliation to read it, and – hopefully! – comment and engage in conversation with me. The short of it is that I combine some timely principles from radical cartography to the Read more about Soundmapping as Critical Cartography[…]

Open Letter Re: Policy on Sexual Assault on Campus

*** Sent to the input@sfu.ca account towards consultation on policy re: sexual violence on campus*** To Whom it May Concern, first off I’d like to commend the university on embarking on this consultation process to update and form much needed policy regarding the wide gamut of potential sexual misconduct and violence on campus. It has for Read more about Open Letter Re: Policy on Sexual Assault on Campus[…]

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[…]

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)[…]