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Listening and recording in situ: entanglement in the sociopolitical context of place.

Ze?o, Maja


Maja Ze?o


This article considers the ways in which soundwalking and field recording entangle the listener in a sociopolitical relationship with place. The place is a physical site in which the listener encounters complex sonic sociopolitical factors, shaped not just by the interactions of people but also by involving living and material objects that voice themselves through sound and vibrations. Sets of expectations and personal identities inform listening experiences, in addition to the material-orientated tendencies in the field, deriving from soundscape composition and acousmatic music. Specific sociopolitical examples that inform sonic experiences in diverse listening situations across different geographic regions are used to uncover bias, and some of the preconceptions of listeners. The article argues for a greater reflexivity in regard to the motives that inform our listening, relationship with places and awareness of the widest spectrum of cultural, historic and sociopolitical contexts.


ZE?O, M. 2021. Listening and recording in situ: entanglement in the sociopolitical context of place. Organised sound [online], 26(2), 284-290. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 3, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 3, 2021
Publication Date Aug 31, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 10, 2021
Journal Organised Sound
Print ISSN 1355-7718
Electronic ISSN 1469-8153
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 2
Pages 284-290
Keywords Soundwalking; Field recording; Listener; Sonic sociopolitical factors
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