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The Sound of a Room
Memory and the Auditory Presence of Place

ISBN 9780367463359
Published October 2, 2020 by Routledge
152 Pages

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Book Description

What does a place sound like – and how does the sound of place affect our perceptions, experiences, and memories? The Sound of a Room takes a poetic and philosophical approach to exploring these questions, providing a thoughtful investigation of the sonic aesthetics of our lived environments. Moving through a series of location-based case studies, the author uses his own field recordings as the jumping-off point to consider the underlying questions of how sonic environments interact with our ideas of self, sense of creativity, and memories. Advocating an awareness born of deep listening, this book offers practical and poetic insights for researchers, practitioners, and students of sound.

Table of Contents



  1. In One Circle Bound
  2. A Day in the Life
  3. Performing Rooms
  4. The Sound of a Room at Prayer
  5. Walking through Urban Sound
  6. Landscapes, Beachscapes, Soundscapes
  7. Interviewing Space
  8. The Rooms We Make and the Rooms We Are


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Seán Street holds an Emeritus Professorship at Bournemouth University. Previous works on sound include The Poetry of Radio and The Memory of Sound (Routledge, 2013/2015,) as well as a trilogy published by Palgrave, Sound Poetics ( 2017,) Sound at the Edge of Perception (2018), and The Sound Inside the Silence: Travels in the Sonic Imagination (2019.) He is a published poet, and a radio programme maker for the BBC and other broadcasters.


"Séan Street opens our ears.... [to] the sounds that exist inside us, both physically and psychologically.... [to] consider the sound of the rooms in our own minds, poems, novels, works of art.... Séan Street gently conducts us on."

Hilary Davies, The Times Literary Supplement