Moving within acoustic environments, soundscapes and contemporary sound spaces means to cross a deterritorialized, fluid, flexible universe built on the subjective practice of listening and generated by the eradication of the sound contents from the sources. It’s a context in which sound recordings travel in interaction in a process of reciprocal influence.
In this context, it’s possible to define a condition of listening produced by an extensive mobility within spaces, places and landscapes that dissolves the boundaries between global, local and discrete digital environments, making sound cognition impossible to place in reference to a specific physically located source. Thus, due to the constant transitory nature of sound, it’s not possible to deduce any type of ’locative’ identity from the practice of listening.
The analysis presented in this paper, which deals with this condition, on its transience and on listening situations that are “amorphous”, but at the same time productive from the spatial and temporal point of view that it generates, is based on a series of critical points of view introduced within the new media studies from the post-digital perspective, which has become a field of theoretical and practical investigation that has been increasingly crossed in recent years by scholars, curators and artists.
“While immersed in these fluid, changeable and nomadic spaces, we approach geographies that are impossible to map: crossing these environments, we rediscover the possibility of imagining and constructing them, building complex territories, using listening practice to stop, immerse, start or fluctuate, making experience of the infinite possible sound worlds generated by subjective experience. “(p.186)
Rome: Bulzoni 175-185
issue curated by Marta Perrotta and Tiziano Bonini
Italian, ISBN 9788868970932