Sound and not Sound
The past decade has seen a proliferation in sound-based scholarship and the increasing significance of audio culture – as simultaneously a site for analysis, a medium for aesthetic engagement, and a model for theorization – identified as the ‘sonic turn’. Notably, most of this scholarship and cultural production focuses on the sensory, methodological, economic, social, aesthetic, philosophical and psychological dimensions of the subject, already covering a wide range of approaches.
Yet, sonic events do not only take place within the spectrum of the living and the perceptible, what we may call the life of sound. The sonic features a largely untouched but fascinating relationship, for example, to counterfactual and counterfictional thinking, to the zones of transmission between life and death, to subaquatic, Cthulu-esque, non-human forms of life, and to unsound, vibrational milieus inaccessible to the senses.
This lecture discusses a gap or shoreline between sound and not sound, drawing on the concept of rhythm across specific artworks, concepts and events, to argue that this rhythmic grey area connects us to a vibrational, imperceptible, not-yet or no-longer audible, inhuman and, ultimately, unknown dimension.
Eleni Ikoniadou is a writer, researcher, teacher and practitioner specialising in digital media and sonic arts. She is founder and director of the Audio Culture Research Unit (ACRU), crew member of AUDINT and author of The Rhythmic Event (2014).
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