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ITU: the din of recovery

Wynne, John (2011) ITU: the din of recovery. In: Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, 11th - 14th November 2011, UCLA, Los Angeles. [Creative Arts and Design > Musicology
Creative Arts and Design > Sound Arts & Design] (Unpublished)
Creators:Wynne, John

Presentation at the Society for Ethnomusicology conference at UCLA

One of the early concerns of the World Soundscape Project, led by R. Murray Schafer, was noise pollution; researchers conducted careful ethnographic work to read noise levels in public spaces and to understand the social effects of noisy environments on health. As an ecologically concerned sound artist, I continue this tradition, working both as an artist and an ethnographer. In this presentation, I discuss my use of participant observation methodology to conduct research on specific sound environments in order to shape immersive sound art installations. Despite being places where the frail and vulnerable struggle to get well, and in some cases to survive, hospitals are often noisy places. I specifically examine the soundscape of the intensive care ward within the cardiothoracic transplant unit of Harefield Hospital in the UK, where I was artist in residence for one year. Through research into the effects of noise on the healing process, my own observations, sound level measurements and the first-hand accounts of patients who have undergone heart or lung transplants, I discuss the role of sound in the hospital in both its negative and positive aspects. My observations and interviews confirm anthropologist Tom Rice’s assertion that in hospitals sound takes on “a more affective quality because of the drought in other sensory modalities.” The presentation also considers ways in which this research informs ITU, a collaborative surround-sound video project.

Type of Research:Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information (Publicly available):

Powerpoint presentation with audio clips

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:ethnomusicology, art and medicine
Your affiliations with UAL:Colleges > London College of Communication
Research Centres/Networks > Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP)
Date:11 November 2011
Funders:University of the Arts London, London College of Communication
Event Location:UCLA, Los Angeles
Projects or Series:Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
ID Code:3040
Deposited By:Dr John Wynne
Deposited On:02 Nov 2011 15:26
Last Modified:03 Nov 2011 09:32
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