Sonic autoethnographies: six records of the listening self

Findlay-Walsh, Iain (2016) Sonic autoethnographies: six records of the listening self. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Portfolio contents: Commentary (including portfolio on USB flash drive).
Plastic 2 x CD case - corresponding to "postface"
1 x CD wrapped in packing tape - corresponding to "In Posterface: 1"
12" art print in PVC sleeve - corresponding to "Somewhere in"
Removable vinyl sticker - corresponding to "_omiting in the changing room"
Accompanied by USB flash drive containing thesis and sound pieces.

This commentary accompanies a portfolio of pieces which combine soundscape composition and record production methods with aspects of autoethnographic practice. This work constitutes embodied research into relations between everyday auditory experience, music production and reception, and selfhood. The commentary draws together the methods and practices from which the pieces have emerged - which range across field recording, sound collage, installation, audio-visual composition, and performative action - to present the project as a cohesive series of sonic autoethnographies. Recent theory and practice in sound and in autoethnography is considered in relation to the portfolio, which presents a personal listening culture through multiple and layered representations of self. Discussion of the pieces is used to propose generalisable insights in the related areas of personal listening, record production, and soundscape composition.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: sound art, autoethnography, soundscape composition, record production, listening
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Supervisor's Name: Fells, Prof. Nick and Parker Dixon, Dr. Martin
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Mr. Iain Findlay-Walsh
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7735
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2019 14:36
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2022 10:28
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.7735

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