Fencing the Horizon: Sound as Imaginative Event

  • Seán Street
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sound book series (PASTS)


Onto our blank canvas we begin to apply the colours of sound. We employ the word ‘event’ to denote the dynamism of a sound placed into a sonic space, and the analogy is developed through John Berger’s essay, ‘Field’. These events in childhood may inform the rest of a life and work, as in the writing of Elizabeth Bishop, and the trauma of a memory from infanthood. We examine the minute events that surrounding stillness reveals, and advocate active listening to detect them. We introduce a new theme that will be a key part of the journey, the exploration of the power of the written word to convey sound into the mind, as in the writing of Charles Dickens and John Muir.


Fields Memory Language Sound 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seán Street
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Media and CommunicationBournemouth UniversityPooleUK

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