Soundwalking as a methodology for understanding soundscapes

Adams, MD, Bruce, NS, Davies, WJ ORCID:, Cain, R, Jennings, P, Carlyle, A, Cusack, P, Hume, K and Plack, C 2008, Soundwalking as a methodology for understanding soundscapes , in: Institute of Acoustics Spring Conference 2008, 10 - 11 April 2008, Reading, U.K..

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Soundwalking is a practice that was devised by R. Murray Schafer, when he established the World Soundscape Project at Simon Fraser University during the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is an empirical method for identifying a soundscape and components of a soundscape in various locations. In the EPSRC-funded Positive Soundscapes Project (Davies et al, 2007) we have utilized and adapted this concept of soundwalking into a sociological methodology for identifying and understanding people’s experiences and perceptions of the acoustic urban environment. Our soundwalk is a walk around an urban area where the senses are directed towards the sounds that are heard rather than the more commonplace sights that are viewed. We focus on everyday practices, as people move around and within the city environment with a view to understanding their professional and/or personal impressions of the relationships between the soundscape and the built infrastructure. This paper describes the development of the soundwalking methodology and its use as a tool to engage professionals who work in the area of urban design and urban development (including city planners, developers, and architects). The paper does not report on the findings of this project as data collection is currently ongoing but rather reflects on the utility of soundwalking as a methodological practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QC Physics > QC221-246 Acoustics - Sound
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: W. J. Davies
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 10:07
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:48

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