Audio Recording as Performance

  • Michael GallagherEmail author


Audio recording is conventionally understood either as reproducing sounds or as representing them. This chapter begins by outlining these two conceptual filters, and then elaborates a third way of hearing audio recording: as performance. Bringing together elements of non-representational theory and materialist media theory, Gallagher draws attention to the physical processes of audio rather than its communicative and discursive functions, and discusses the implications for truth claims and the politics of sonic knowledge. Gallagher then examines how styles of audio production used in sound art can be used to amplify the performativity of audio.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Childhood, Youth and Education StudiesManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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