Unit 4: Sonic Environments

  • This unit introduces the environment as a subject in sound studies. The study of sonic environments concerns relationships between sound and space, either as sound forming a space or as sounds distributed in space. The unit consists of three lessons: 1 Sonic Environments introduces the theory of sonic environments mainly through R. Murray Schafers soundscape-theory. The two following lessons focus first on a historical and then on a geographical perspective in studies of sonic environments. 2 Histories of Past Soundscapes presents three studies of historical sonic environments, while 3 Mapping Sonic Environments introduces the practice of sound mapping followed by critical considerations of representation and strategies in sound maps. Main author of this unit is Jacob Kreutzfeldt.