Dr Jules Rawlinson

MA(Hons) 2016

the practice of urban listening

An investigation of relationships between sound, space and technological mediation in the aural perception of urban environments.

This dissertation aimed to investigate current prevailing theories around the perception, understanding and analysis of sound in the built environment. With regards to the growing presence of personal audio technologies in the experience of the city, the act of listening is explored as means for navigation and comprehension of urban fabric.

Through critical analysis of key texts, theoretical frameworks are employed in the analysis and comparison of practices in sound art concerned with aural perceptions of the city . A personal reflection on and records of explorations into practical engagements with the recording, listening and production of sonic material are posited in a contextualisation of critical texts to reveal alternate conceptions of the city.

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