‘Bridging Sound’ event at the University of Sussex, 23-24 November

The ‘Bridging Sound’ event is of interest to the mobile sound community as it “launches an interdisciplinary research forum dealing with 21st century soundscapes and auditory environments, which have become an exciting focus for artistic, technological, and sociological research.” The focus on bridges puts mobility at the heart this sound studies event, as we tend to encounter bridges while in motion, and many artistic projects in the area have also explored our mobile interactions with bridges. It’s organised by Professor Sally-Jane Norman and Dr Michael Bull.

The event info continues:

“Our urban surroundings and the sites we frequent for work, leisure, consumption and transportation offer scaffolds for new kinds of acoustic architectures. Sonic designs employ and mix platforms ranging from public address systems to intimate messaging. Roles of artists, urban planners, commercial stakeholders, state authorities, and “local bodies” are mobilised by the steadily expanding, yet never-quite-real estate inhabited by sound. Bridging Sound promotes and debates this burgeoning area of contemporary practice. It convenes practitioners and theorists from a range of disciplines to investigate figuratively, metaphorically and theoretically the intersections between sound, architecture and culture.”

The event runs 23-24 November, and I’ll be chairing a session on the Saturday – so would be great to see some of you then!

Here is the program from their website:

A two day event consisting of an internal workshop on Friday followed at 4pm by a series of public lectures and presentations which continue all day Saturday.

Friday 23rd November

10:00-15:30: Internal Workshop (post-graduate students and staff)

Oeyvind Brandstegg, Will Schrimshaw, Rupert Cox/Angus Carlyle

16:00-18:00: Public Lectures followed by discussions

Salome Voegelin, Will Schrimshaw

Saturday 24th November

9:30-17:00: Public Symposium introduced by Michael Bull, Sally-Jane Norman


Oeyvind Brandstegg

Michael Bull

Rupert Cox/Angus Carlyle

Sally-Jane Norman

Bridges Panel chaired by Frauke Behrendt (Brighton University)

School of Media, Film and Music:

Caroline Basset

Mel Friend

Tim Hopkins

Monika Metykova

School of History, Art History and Philosophy:

Ben Burbridge

Synthesis, Future Bridges

Registration appreciated by mail to M.J.Knight@sussex.ac.uk.

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