Sonic Japan: Studies in Sensory Anthropology

Sound blog and sound maps featuring recordings from Japan

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Candidate Speech
Sound trucks aren't an uncommon occurrence during elections in Japan, but the election for the Japanese House of Councillors on 10 July 2016 was a high stakes one - all candidates hit the streets to press the flesh in person. The LDP took a two third majority on the day. (2016/06/22)
Hotel Lobby in Kyoto, take 1
This is another recording of the rarified quiet / noise of a five star hotel in Kyoto. You can hear the staff pushing carts through the lobby from the elevators to the restaurant, which were used to for room service. (2016/06/22)
Hotel Elevator in Kyoto
This recording was taken in front of the elevators in a five star hotel in Japan. Interestingly when I took the recording, my impression was that the space was really quiet, but you can hear lots of sounds during the playback! (2016/06/22)

Latest Posts

Embodied Senses in Reflection

Fri Jul 29 2016 by Tamara Kohn

I’ve recently returned to Melbourne from the 2016 Association of Social Anthropologists conference at the University of Durham, UK. It was a nostalgic visit for me. I had lived in Durham and had taught at that University for 14 years, from 1992-2006. This first visit back to the...>>

Sonic Cosmopolitanism and Hotel Lobbies

Fri Jul 15 2016 by Carolyn Stevens

Feeling, belonging and listening to sound:

Recordings by C. Stevens, text by C Stevens and R. Chenhall

Five star hotels are interesting places. For the elite 1% of the population, this kind of place may seem mundane, but for the rest of us, luxury hotels present us with a rarified encounter with...>>

The Relationship between Sound and Space

Fri Jun 17 2016 by Carolyn Stevens

In this project, we are considering how sound and silence in various places are attended to in specific ways, and the dialogical relationship between sound and space. The mutually constitutive relationship between sound and space means that sounds are made diverse by the distinct characteristics of each place. At the...>>