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 practice of soundmapping, which in my view has been perched on the verge of a political overhaul for some time. What I mean by that is, setting aside technical matters, soundmapping – mapping in general – is a political activity and needs to be understood as such. Soundmaps – whether crowdsourced or specially created – are communicational artefacts, which both attempt to, and do, say something about place, community, belonging, balance, ecology, problematics, etc. Since they are finite in the types of content and manner of representation they can conceivably contain, the exclusion of other elements is as important to the message as the inclusion of existing elements. In other words, as others have pointed out, the absence of certain places, the overrepresentation of noise, the presence and authorship of certain acoustic environments, is politically significant. The rest – in the paper.