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The sonic effect: Aurality and digital networks in Exurbia

Cecchetto, David (2013) The sonic effect: Aurality and digital networks in Exurbia. Evental Aesthetics, 2 (2). pp. 35-62. ISSN 2167-1931


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This essay examines the problem of medial specificity in music and sound art, giving particular attention to Seth Kim-Cohen’s call for a non-cochlear sound art based on the notion of “expansion” that has been decisive in visual arts discourses. I argue that Kim-Cohen’s non-cochlear intervention in In the Blink of an Ear might be productively pressured towards the concept of a “sonic effect” that acknowledges the material-discursive particularity of sound without recourse to the phenomenological claims of authenticity that Kim-Cohen correctly abhors. In service of this argument, the essay extensively discusses a sound and media artwork – Exurbia, created by myself and William Brent – that leverages the metaphorics of sound against existing understandings of specific forms of network communication. I argue that the conceptual and material dimensions of the project stridulate in a hum of recursive vectors for considering the constitution and consequences of networked aural interaction. Exurbia can thus be parsed in terms of medial specificity precisely because its digital aural materials are themselves discursive.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sound studies, media studies, sound art, music, deconstruction, networks
Divisions: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 01:19
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 16:32
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/463

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