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By Brandon LaBelle

Acoustic Territories: Sound tradition and daily Life deals an expansive interpreting of auditory existence. It presents a cautious attention of the performative dynamics inherent to sound tradition and acts of listening, and discusses how auditory experiences may well remove darkness from understandings of up to date society. Combining study on urbanism, pop culture and auditory matters, Acoustic Territories opens up a number of views - it demanding situations debates surrounding noise pollutants and charts an "acoustic politics of space" via unfolding auditory adventure as situated inside of greater cultural histories and similar ideologies.

Brandon LaBelle strains auditory existence via a topographic constitution: starting with underground territories, via to the house as a domain, after which extra, to streets and neighborhoods, and at last to the sky itself. This constitution follows sound because it looks in particular auditory designs, because it is mobilized inside of a number of cultural tasks, and queries the way it involves stream via way of life as a medium for social transformation. Acoustic Territories uncovers the embedded tensions and potentiality inherent to sound because it exists within the daily areas round us.

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As Strange continues: “Then I spoke to a young and weary-looking mother. ‘It’s chiefly on account of the kids we come down here,’ she told me, with an odd half-cultured accent. ‘It’s far enough below the ground that you don’t hear too much noise. After all, the kids have got to get their sleep, even if we have learnt to do without’ . . And so, the roaring of the trains leaves them completely undisturbed, and they neither feel the draughts nor heed the waiting passengers. ”35 The underground then, as a space of darkness and threat, pivots to function also as potential haven, sanctuary, or site for resistance, itself often tied to the reality of war.

Yet the acoustic of this underground situation cannot go unmarked by the absolute threat of annihilation that hovered in the form of the Bomb. Might the underground be heard additionally as a condition of anticipation? A space that already awaits the appearance of the echo, the specter of the acousmatic voice, to announce a break in the vector of time and meaning? 30 z Acoustic Territories IMAGE 4 Exposed layout of a bomb shelter, USA, 1963. Resistance I’ve been exploring the underground as a concrete space as well as a geographic coordinate that comes to generate particular fantasies and social exchanges; tuning in to the acoustics of the underground reveals a larger set of ambiguities, myths of marginality, and the force of an echoic listening.

The words come out of the tunnel’s blackness without warning when I stumble into a cavelike recess. “But I can hurt those you care about,” he says silkily. In the dusty tunnel light, I feel eyes to my left and turn to find him facing me, hands on his hips in a bold and graceful stance. He is barely four feet from me. I stare, stunned. “Some of me is within you,” he says, shielding his eyes with his left forearm as though there is a flood of light that I Underground z 23 don’t see. “Not enough for me to hurt you.

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