Sound and music are intrinsic to our experience of the world in myriad ways: we orient ourselves acoustically as much as spatially. It is almost impossible to conceive of music and/or sound without invoking metaphors of space and/or place , whether through performance, embodiment, or other modes of representation. The Hearing Landscape Critically network, supported by a 3-year grant from the Leverhulme Trust, draws new critical attention to the significance of sound in landscape, and investigates how landscape shapes our understanding of music.
The network breaks fresh ground by embracing a broadly interdisciplinary methodology and bringing together scholars (at various stages of their academic careers) from music and sound studies, ethnomusicology, art history, cultural geography, anthropology, and comparative literature, working across diverse geographical contexts.
The network’s subject matter will be correspondingly wide-ranging, and will explore new questions as they emerge through ongoing discussion and debate. The strategic research focus will remain tightly attuned to the tasks of interrogating sound in landscape, as both a formative and representational presence, and of investigating the role that landscape, space, and place have played in musical communication and performance.