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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SOUNDSCAPE


Tempo Reale - Villa Strozzi - Via Pisana 77 50143 Firenze
Scientific & Music Program May 20-22 2011

CONFERENCE

abstract

Noora VIKMAN Quietnecessity

In Amazon bookshop the search with keyword ”silence” gives us more the 11,620 titles somehow linked to that subject.”Quietness” as a related concept gives only 139 headlines of the books reveal and ”quiet” again 9,434. There is no time to find out what all these books write about. Whatever the concept this intangible phenomena is multiple and more and more important as a vanishing resource in tense human societies. "Silence" may refer more to the lack of sounds whereas "quietness" associates better to acoustic breaks or spaces of less sounds, the processes and practices. It seems ”silence” is utilized as a dramatizing tool in marketing places. However, while making sense of cultural meanings all these categories are overlapping. The concepts are used and understood as methodological tools as well as allusions to larger scale collective meanings. In my research I'm interested specially in the processes of materializing the immaterial in acoustic culture in the middle of the current cultural and economical shift – a common becoming used as a commodity. The future analysis of collective practices and the modifying processes concerns both inner (feelings and meanings) and outer (atmospheres of the environment) qualities of quietness/silence. In my presentation I will give examples of practices, uses and meanings of silences in two different fields: Northern Italian municipality Cembra and Finnish, Northern Carelian Ilomantsi and Koli.



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