Creative Sonification of Mobility and Sonic Interaction with Urban Space: An Ethnographic Case Study of a GPS Sound Walk

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This chapter explores how mobile media and sound are experienced and in particular how locative technologies such as GPS can be used for the creative sonification of mobility. An artwork forms the key case study of the chapter. Participants equipped with headphones and a GPS-enabled backpack explore a city while listening to generative sounds that depend on their movement and location, as well as on how many people have been in the same location before. An analysis of empirical material including interviews with audience members and the artist show how the work adds an invisible digital sound layer to the existing architecture. The sonic, embodied, and mobile experiences articulated in the interviews are discussed in light of de Certeau’s arguments developed in The Practice of Everyday Life (1984) concerning spatial practice in urban space, including the distinction between views from above and maps as reading and the embodied mobility of walking paths as writing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of mobile music studies
EditorsSumanth Gopinath, Jason Stanyek
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages189-211
Number of pages23
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9780199913657
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2014

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Behrendt, F. (2014). Creative Sonification of Mobility and Sonic Interaction with Urban Space: An Ethnographic Case Study of a GPS Sound Walk. In S. Gopinath, & J. Stanyek (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of mobile music studies (Vol. 2, pp. 189-211). (Oxford handbooks in music). New York: Oxford University Press.
Behrendt, Frauke. / Creative Sonification of Mobility and Sonic Interaction with Urban Space: An Ethnographic Case Study of a GPS Sound Walk. The Oxford handbook of mobile music studies. editor / Sumanth Gopinath ; Jason Stanyek. Vol. 2 New York : Oxford University Press, 2014. pp. 189-211 (Oxford handbooks in music).
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Behrendt, F 2014, Creative Sonification of Mobility and Sonic Interaction with Urban Space: An Ethnographic Case Study of a GPS Sound Walk. in S Gopinath & J Stanyek (eds), The Oxford handbook of mobile music studies. vol. 2, Oxford handbooks in music, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 189-211.

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