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1st Edition

Aural Diversity

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ISBN 9781032024998
May 6, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

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  1. John Levack Drever and Andrew Hugill: Aural Diversity: a 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: fetal hearing and the auditory environment of the womb.
  5. John Levack 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: Ménière's Disease and its consequences for musicians.
  18. Christopher 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 Human-Sound Interaction.
  22. Duncan Chapman: The Aural Diversity Concerts: multimodal performance to an aurally diverse audience.
  23. Jay Afrisando: Music-making in Aurally Diverse Communities.
  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.


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John Levack 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.