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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.131

Immersive listening to imagined soundscapes in urban public spaces


  • Dr. Agata STANISZ

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The subject of my paper will be particular kind of soundscapes, the listening to which needs electronic mobile devices and takes place (in most cases) in motion. These recordings, although they have a different character, from audio document to musical composition, are combined by their imaginary character. At the center of my reflections, I put listening to: sound compositions described as soundscape music; selected sounds that can be arbitrary composed on mobile applications; more or less exotic soundscapes and ambiances of eg rainforests, beaches, meadows but also streets of big cities or even airports; Internet radio stations broadcasting variously arranged and remixed field recordings; virtual soundscape compositions (eg outerspace, space ships, mythical lands); sound maps and recordings of sound walks. I would like to answer the following questions: to what extent listening to such soundscapes in the urban space and in mobile situations is a matter of immersing and incorporating sounds different from everyday acoustic reality; how much it remains an acousmatic experience, detached from the context; can this practice be considered in the terms of transduction, causing new, non-visual and affective ways of experiencing space; or perhaps it is a manifestation of escapism from noise-pollutions and excessive sounds of the western acoustic environment; whether field recordings (arranged, composed or not) can be counted as music practices and whether one can speak about a socio-cultural pattern of such listening. The paper will be complemented by a workshop carried out in the field of anthropology of sound.