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"Getting Participants' Voices Heard: Using mobile, participant led, sound-based methods to explore place making"

Stevenson, AD and Holloway, J (2016) "Getting Participants' Voices Heard: Using mobile, participant led, sound-based methods to explore place making". Area. ISSN 0004-0894

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Abstract

Varieties of sound-based research methods have been used for exploring participants’ relations with environment, space and place. For example, soundwalking, field recording and audio guides have all been employed to help research participants become attuned to the sonic environment. Some of these have been used as participant-led approaches, enabling participants to devise walking routes and produce their own soundscape compositions. This paper explores these various uses and reports on two primary research collaborations that adopt mobile, participant-led approaches, in which participants negotiate the precise nature of the research collaboration. Furthermore, it examines diverse methods for disseminating soundscape recordings that emerge from such projects. The examples presented here reveal that sound-based research can be employed to do more than attune participants to sonic environments. This research highlights instances of productive, participant led research that reveal diverse strategies for disseminating this work. There are many channels and media through which sound work can be made available to a wider audience, across disciplines and beyond academia. Reflexively adopted, dissemination through web and social media, exhibition spaces and other public events offer researchers and their participants a performative complement to the publication of work via journal articles.

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