1st Edition

Aural Diversity

Edited By John L. Drever, Andrew Hugill Copyright 2023
    252 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Aural Diversity addresses a fundamental methodological challenge in music and soundscape research by considering the nature of hearing as a spectrum of diverse experiences.

    Bringing together an interdisciplinary array of contributors from the arts, humanities, and sciences, it challenges the idea of a normative listening experience and envisions how awareness of aural diversity can transform sonic arts, environments, and design and generate new creative listening practices.

    With contributors from a wide range of fields including sound studies, music, hearing sciences, disability studies, acoustics, media studies, and psychology, Aural Diversity introduces a new and much-needed paradigm that is relevant to scholars, students, and practitioners engaging with sound, music, and hearing across disciplines.

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    List of Contributors

    1. John L. Drever and Andrew Hugill: Aural Diversity: General introduction
    2. David M. Baguley: Aural Diversity: A clinical perspective

    4. Julian Henriques, Eric Jauniaux, Aude Thibaut de Maisieres, and Pierre Gélat: Sound Before Birth: Foetal hearing and the auditory environment of the womb
    5. John L. Drever: Phonating Hand Dryers: exploits in product and environmental acoustics, and aural diverse composition and co-composition
    6. William Renel: The Auditory Normate: Engaging critically with sound, social inclusion and design
    7. Matt Lewis: Listening with Deafblindness
    8. Meri Kytö: Soundscapes of Code: Cochlear implant as soundscape arranger
    9. Patrick Farmer: 〰️
    10. William J. Davies: Autistic Listening
    11. Karla Berrens: Fire, Drums and the Making of Place During a Correfoc
    12. Josephine Dickinson: Alphabetula
    13. Ed Garland: Textual Hearing Aids: How reading about sound can improve sonic experience

    15. Samuel Couth: The Show Must Go On: Understanding the effects of musicianship, noise exposure, cognition, and ageing on real-world hearing abilities
    16. Alinka Greasley: Diverse Music Listening Experiences: Insights from the hearing aids for music project
    17. Andrew Hugill: Consequences of Ménière's Disease for Musicians, Their Music-Making, Hearing Care, and Technologies
    18. Chris. J. H. Cook: Socialising and Musicking with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A case study from rural Cornwall
    19. Matthew Spring: Thomas Mace: A hearing-impaired musician and musical thinker in the seventeenth Century
    20. John D'Arcy: Do You Hear What I Hear? Some creative approaches to sharing and simulating diverse hearing
    21. Balandino Di Donato: Sign in HumanSound Interaction
    22. Duncan Chapman: The Aural Diversity Concerts: Multimodal performance to an aurally diverse audience
    23. Jay Afrisando: MusicMaking in Aurally Diverse Communities: An artist statement
    24. Simon Allen: Attention Reframed: A personal account of hearing loss as a catalyst for intermedia practice
    25. David Holzman: Lost and Found: A pianist's hearing journey
    26. Andrew Hugill: Composing with Hearing Differences
    27. Anya Ustaszewski: Composing 'Weird' Music



    John L. Drever operates at the intersection of acoustics, audiology, urban design, sound art, soundscape studies, and experimental music. He is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he co-leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR). He has a special interest in soundscape methods, in particular field recording and soundwalking.

    Andrew Hugill is Professor of Creative Computing at the University of Leicester. He is also a Professor of Music and his principal research areas are composition, musicology, and creative technologies. His publications include: The Digital Musician (Routledge), now in its third edition. He founded the Aural Diversity project.