Grid of nows: sound recording and the problem of time

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    This paper uses a collaborate sound and web design project as a beginning point for theorising sound recording and the problem of time. Inspired by the home soundscapes of COVID-19 lockdowns, the project asked volunteer recordists to record themselves preparing tea. The purpose of the project was to engage with a ritual in a way that elucidated its duration, as a means of resisting the quantification of time that dominated much of what life and bodies did during the earlier months of the pandemic. While the article does address the design and implementation of the project, it rests more on the problem of time that sound recording addresses, as a temporal, durational, relational, and communicative process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)85-103
    Number of pages19
    JournalSound Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2023


    • Sonic inquiry
    • Sound
    • audio
    • sound recording
    • time


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