Sound Instance: A Inner Soundwalk Through Life


The soundscape can be defined as a diverse collection of sounds available in the world that are related to different contexts and origins. These sounds serve as a means of communication, sharing information, and contributing to the well-being of society and other ecosystems. Murray Schafer, the author who originally introduced this concept, emphasizes the need to recognize the importance of the sonic reality and select the sounds that contribute to a tuning of the world, leading to a balanced and healthy life for humanity. The soundwalk is an empirical method of exploring sound in different places, focusing on an individual's daily life, with the aim of changing minds and encouraging action through a critical perception of the environment. By combining soundwalks with ethnography, it is possible to give sound its proper importance in relation to the processes of individual representation, including those related to social, professional, and emotional aspects of life. To provide more information about the importance of this inner sound environment in relation to individual reality, the concept of sound instance is useful in understanding the whole sound field existing in an individual's life. Recognizing the significance of sound in our lives is critical for maintaining balance and well-being, contributing to our understanding of the world and our place in it. By acknowledging the importance of sound instance, we can use it as a deep listening inner soundwalk throughout our life.

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Ricardo Mestre, Center of Investigation in Arts and Communication, Portugal

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Conference: ACAH2023
Stream: Arts - Teaching and Learning the Arts

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Mestre R. (2023) Sound Instance: A Inner Soundwalk Through Life ISSN: 2186-229X – The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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