Journal of Sonic Studies, volume 4, nr. 1 (May 2013)Marinos Koutsomichalis: ON SOUNDSCAPES, PHONOGRAPHY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOUND ART
This paper proposes a pragmatic response to the broad philosophical question of what constitutes a soundscape and in what ways it might resonate through consciousness and perception. It also discusses phonography, criticizes its incapability to capture the essence of environmental sound, and explains how a series of artistic practices emerged and established themselves within the non-linearities of the recording-reproduction paradigm. Further, it elaborates on how sound art inaugurates new ways of perceiving, thinking about and representing soundscapes, accordingly. In this respect, several examples are discussed, including a selection of works by the author.