Ouzounian, Gascia


Embodied sound: Aural architectures and the body

Contemporary Music Review: Vol. 25, Issue 1/2. London: Routledge: 69-79.

URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/07494467.asp

Language(s): English


Aural Analysis Listening Experience Listening Strategy Sound Installation


In this article, the author examines two sound installations distributed on CD: Maryanne Amacher’s Sound Characters (Making the Third Ear) (1999) and Bernhard Leitner’s KOPFRÄUME (HEADSCAPES) (2003) . The author undertakes an embodied reception of these works, experimenting with new models of listening and analysis that take into consideration aspects of the built environment, social spaces and imaginary architectures as these are perceived at the intersection of sound, space and the body. Conceptualizations of space, place and embodiment are engaged; and definitions for sound installation and ’situated sonic practices’ are offered. The analysis ultimately reveals how the complex, dynamic networks of sound, space, place and embodiment can be understood to produce and constitute one another.