Noise: The Felt Quality of Sound

Raine, Sarah (2017) Noise: The Felt Quality of Sound. Riffs - Experimental Writing on Popular Music, 1 (1). pp. 49-51. ISSN 2513-8537

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Journalistic coverage of music relies not only upon evocative and descriptive copy, but also on photographs which ideally capture the experience of ‘being there’. In this short photo essay, we bring together photographs (by Bethany Kane), ideas, poetry and quotes to explore the felt quality of sound. To what extent can images evoke a musical experience? Such noisy experiences are communicated to the reader through a noise-less visual representation, yet our shared and individual experiences of similar contexts (gained through personal or mediated experience) fill in the gaps, adding in a roar, guitars, drums, the cacophony of the crowd. Armed with an informed imagination, can these images ever be truly silent? In a noisy world, can we ever produce a silent image of musical performance, a photograph removed from the aural imaginary?

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10 February 2017Accepted
Subjects: CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Sarah Raine
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2019 10:53
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 16:17

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