The Journal of Sonic Studies
Journal of Sonic Studies, volume 2, nr. 1 (May 2012)Isobel Anderson: VOICE, NARRATIVE, PLACE: Listening to Stories

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Sound art is rarely associated with storytelling. While it is widely recognised that sound is deeply connected to narrative and imagery (e.g. Emmerson 1986; Wishart 1996), it is sound’s relationship to physical space that often defines this medium. While this aspect of sound is important, I argue that the combination of sound and oral storytelling engages the listener’s imagination with the unseen and indefinable qualities of sound through its invisible dialogue with our mind. In addition, when this combination is applied to specific locations or sites, this listening experience profoundly contributes to our construction of ‘place’.