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Making Noise - Sound in Urban Research Practice


22 octobre 2021


Mme Hendrikje Alpermann, doctorante, UNIL

M. Simone Ranocchiari, doctorant, UNIL


To be defined


Recording, analyzing and decoding sound – most researchers use recordings for their empirical research. But most of us just use sound to remember what has been said. Some might note "she laughs", "someone entering the room" or similar things in brackets to add more layers to the transcriptions of their interviews, to add atmosphere that is important to the recorded situation. Soon we realize that is sometimes a very difficult task to translate atmosphere and sound in written words.


Starting from those reflections on our own research, we want to explore with you what sound can add to our research and then explore different techniques of recording inviting researchers and practitioners experienced in the art of recording and sound.


Joint reading of key texts from different disciplines.


Atkinson, R. 2007 Ecology of sound: the sonic order of urban space. Urban studies 44(10): 1905-1917.

Barber, John F. 2014 In the Field: The Art of Field Recording Edited by Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle (review). Leonardo 47(2): 197–198.

Bijsterveld, K. 2004 "What Do I Do with My Tape Recorder…?": Sound Hunting and the Sounds of Everyday Dutch Life in the 1950s and 1960s. Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television 24(4): 613–634.

Bull, Michael 2013 iPod Use: An Urban Aesthetics of Sonic Ubiquity. Continuum 27(4): 495.

Cain, Rebecca, Paul Jennings, Mags Adams, and Neil Bruce 2008 SOUND-SCAPE: A Framework for Characterising Positive Urban Soundscapes. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 123(5): 3394.

Connor, Steven 2014 Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and Other Vocalizations. Reaktion Books.

Dicks, B. 2006 Multimodal Ethnography. Qualitative Research 6(1): 77–96.

Dorritie, Frank 2003 The Handbook of Field Recording. 1 edition. Vallejo, CA: Artistpro. Feld, Steve, and Donald Brenneis 2004 Doing Anthropology in Sound. American Ethnologist 31(4): 461–474.


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