Chris’ Presentation – Sonic Cartography

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Acoustic Archives

For my second presentation, we can look more at defining and understanding a space through its sonic qualities…

Acoustic Archives
This group has given themselves the task of “archiving” historic buildings and then releasing their findings for free and public use (check out the video on the homepage): AcousticArchives.com
Through this method, you could place any recorded audio in one of their archived spaces and it will take on the sonic characteristics of that space. This is an interesting venture, especially because sound is so transient by nature. Most spaces created or inhabited in the developed world since the 20th century have been documented visually (i.e. the photograph). Even before that there were drawings and paintings. Relatively few places have been documented in an auditory fashion.

Aporee
The Aporee website created a platform for users around the world to record their surrounding environments, which are placed geospatially. To some, the sounds may seem mundane, but again we see the idea of sound as a cultural artifact.
Aporee.org

Here is some scholarly information regarding sonic cartography:
Cartographic Representation of the Sonic Environment
The piece is rather long, so perhaps just skipping through the Introduction (about 2 1/4 pages) will give you an idea about this field of study.

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