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The Political Possibility of Sound

Featuring an essay on Turner Prize 2019 nominee Laurence Abu Hamdan.

The essay is the perfect format for a crisis. Its porous and contingent nature forgives a lack of formality, while its neglect of perfection and virtuosity releases the potential for the incomplete and the unrealizable. These seven essays on The Political Possibility of Soundpresent a perfectly incomplete form for a discussion on the possibility of the political that includes creativity and invention, and articulates a politics that imagines transformation and the desire to embrace a connected and collaborative world.

The themes of these essays emerge from and deepen discussions started in Voegelin's previous books, Listening to Noise and Silence and Sonic Possible Worlds. Continuing the methodological juxtaposition of phenomenology and logic and writing from close sonic encounters each represents a fragment of listening to a variety of sound works, to music, the acoustic environment and to poetry, to hear their possibilities and develop words for what appears impossible.

As fragments of writing they respond to ideas on geography and migration, bring into play formless subjectivities and trans-objective identities, and practice collectivity and a sonic cosmopolitanism through the hearing of shared volumes. They involve the unheard and the in-between to contribute to current discussions on new materialism, and perform vertical readings to reach the depth of sound.

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Published by Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
Written by Salomé Voegelin
Paperback | 240 pages | 229 x 152mm

ISBN 9781501312151

Salomé Voegelin is Professor of Sound at the London College of Communication, UAL, UK. An artist and writer, she is the author of Listening to Noise and Silence (Bloomsbury, 2010) and Sonic Possible Worlds (Bloomsbury, 2014).

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Table of Contents:
Light Song (A Text Score)
1. Introduction: Writing Fragments
2. The Political Possibility of Sound
3. Hearing Volumes: Architecture, Light and Words
4. Geographies of Sound: Performing Impossible Territories
5. Morality of the Invisible, Ethics of the Inaudible
6. Hearing Subjectivities: Bodies, Forms and Formlessness
7. Sonic Materialism: A Philosophy of Digging
8. Reading Fragments of Listening, Hearing Vertical Lines of Words
Putting on Lipstick (A Text Score)