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Sounds as Data
Sounds as Data
Michael Bull

We identify two broad methodological strands: sonic ethnographies, which rely on both conventionally written and more-than-textual representations of sonic qualities; and soundscape studies, which encompass a wide range of methods, including field recording, sound mapping and sound walks. (Gallagher and Prior, 2014, p. 272)


Gallagher and Prior highlight two modes of researching the sonic, the first which has been dominent is the use of a variety of methods that, whilst focusing upon sound – use methods that other disciplines also use, such as qualitative interviewing, the use of historical documents and the like. The second research mode is one where sound is treated as ‘sound’ rather than being translated into another medium, such as text. This does not mean ...

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