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Movement is Sound 

Body is sound

Being is sound

Wall is sound

Room is sound

Environment is sound

Clashing is sound

Smashing is sound

Healing is sound

Event is sound

Encounter is sound

Silence is sound

Sound is unsound

Sound explains phenomenology well, where the bound of sound itself does not exist, sounds need to be listened. The space of sound happens in reliance of happening in space. A Tree breezes by air, raindrops hitting the ground, a resonance of movements in the room, the friction sound caused by clothing. Sound could be visual and sonic at the same time, the nature of leakage in sound is like an act of assemblage in space, or vice versa. Sound has also a quality of directness in experience, think of it as the vibrations transmitted across things, including our body. 


Sound art doesn't mean to just create sound,

it could be pointing to a new way of listening.

To be aware of the phenomena. Sound depends on to be heard. Listening is relational,  you can bring the background to the fore ground, such as "4:33" by John Cage. Listening is dependent on space and environment, To experiment with the space that contains sound, such as the structure of architechture and how walls both pass and distort sound in Lawrence Abu Hamdan. As in vibrating sound, listening is also a very direct experience., like receiving touches of the phenomena of other things, or in some way synchronising to be able to receive.

What is it like to be touching sound?

When I press my hands against speakers

Or maybe when I am touching Keyboard, Typing. Is rubbing my hands together the sound of warmth? Am I still listening when I cover my ears with hands?

Listening and Voice : Phenomenologies of Sound, Second Edition​

Ihde, Don​





Jean Luc Nancy

Additional Person Name:


Charlotte Mandell

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Fordham University Press


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