UK sound studies meeting 30th April 2014, University of Glasgow

1pm-4pm, University of Glasgow Concert Hall

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  • 12.30pm – 1pm Registration, tea and coffee.
  • 1pm – 1.10pm Welcome from organisers.
  • 1.10pm – 1.55pm Workshop 1: Sound and Community.
  • 2pm – 2.45pm Workshop 2: Sound, Space and Subjectivity.
  • 2.45pm – 3pm Break.
  • 3pm – 3.45pm Workshop 3: Creative Practice in Sound.
  • 3.45pm – 4pm Future plans, hopes and dreams!

For each of the themed workshops, participants will form small groups to discuss what that particular theme might mean for their own work in sound as theorists and/or practitioners. We encourage people to share their own knowledge and experiences from a range of different backgrounds in order to spark new ideas for potential collaborations and to open up new areas for innovative interdisciplinary research.

After working in small groups for 30 minutes, the remaining 15 will be used to feedback to the group as a whole (each group will nominate a spokesperson for this!). This should enable us to identify research areas that members of the network are interested in developing in the hope that these discussions will lead to innovative individual or collaborative projects and open up new avenues and opportunities for funding from research councils such as the AHRC, the EHRC, The British Academy, The Carnegie Trust, The Leverhulme Trust, Creative Scotland, British Council, Arts Council, and PRSF amongst others.

Workshop Themes

Workshop 1: Sound and Community

Documentation, documentary and archiving could be starting points for this workshop which hopes to explore the links between sound libraries, location recording methods and the communities that they record. How do communities relate to and gather around sound? What does a recording represent and how reliable are they as documents of fact? Could sound studies help academic and practice-based disciplines interested in sound to engage in ways of listening in context, rather than to recordings? We might also touch on the ability of sound studies and sound practices to raise awareness of sound pollution or lobby for change in sound-related policies.

Workshop 2: Sound, Space and Subjectivity

This workshop will investigate how the experience of space in everyday life is communicated through sound design across a variety of media. The central research questions are: What can theoretical approaches from areas such as acoustic anthropology, human geography, acoustic ecology, aural history and neuroscience around sound and subjectivity or sound and power tell us about sound design’s affective power in film, television, radio, gaming and other media? And how might our experience of sound across these media impact on our understanding of sound in lived space?

Workshop 3: Creative Practice in Sound

Creative practice in sound encompasses a great diversity of forms, media and disciplinary perspectives – from musical, cinematic, dramatic, radiophonic, fine art and architectural, to its deployment as a research methodology in sciences, social science and the humanities. This workshop will attempt to articulate a ‘current state of play’ of creative sound practice in the UK, identifying themes for potential future development, and considering such issues as innovation, technology, industry, space, audience and changing cultural contexts. Can the cross-disciplinary nature of sound genuinely provide new opportunities? Can creative sound practice benefit from greater collective endeavour?

Please feel free to pass on this information to anyone you feel might be interested in joining us, and if you have not already done so please email philippa dot lovatt at to confirm your attendance.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you.

Philippa Lovatt, Martin Parker and Nick Fells.

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