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  • Sound Maps Matter: Expanding Cartophony

    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social and Cultural Geography on 14/12/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14649365.2016.1266028

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Sound maps matter: expanding cartophony

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Social and Cultural Geography
Issue number2
Volume19
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)192-210
Publication statusPublished
Early online date14/12/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this article I investigate online sound mapping practices, taking cartophony – the coming together of cartographic and sonic activities – as an important contribution to emerging ways of thinking and practicing mapping. I first develop a typology of approaches to cartophony, before moving on to reveal the normative tendencies of online combinations of sound and mapping through an analysis of three platforms: Freesound; audioBoom; and Radio Aporee. Showing how in different ways each of these platforms supports an approach to sound mapping that favours pinning high fidelity, indexical audio-recordings to a seemingly neutral base layer, I question what is glossed over through this approach, while also considering how visual and sound-based strategies for communicating about places illuminate and resonate with one another. Discussing some more experimental online sound maps, I highlight the value of such projects in their current form, and argue for the continued expansion of cartophonic practice.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social and Cultural Geography on 14/12/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14649365.2016.1266028