The ‘political voice’ is the subject of the second volume of Sonic Urbanism publications. This volume explores the political voice as a particular sonic phenomenon, asking how and where it is possible to have a ‘voice’ in urban politics, the relationship between material and metaphorical readings of political speech, and how voices can be amplified or silenced in cities. Responses explored vocal contestations and noisy citizenship, technologies that transmit or transform voices, and the ways that sound art and experimental music stage collective voicings.
In an experimental progression from the first volume of Sonic Urbanism, Sonic Urbanism: The Political Voice is published both in print and online. Both versions can be enjoyed separately in their entirety, but they are also designed to complement one another. This approach has allowed for the commissioning of audio pieces as well as texts, and the publication of additional sounds and songs, voices and videos, to augment the written contributions. The digital publication is available at sonic.city.
John Bingham-Hall, Fabien Cante, Grégoire Chelkoff, Ella Finer, Tom Gooch, Eleni Ikoniadou, Kareem Al Kabbani, Alexandra Lacroix, Duncan MacLeod, Gascia Ouzounian, Jonathan Packham, Saskia Sassen, Eric de Visscher and Tom Western