(Re)Sounding the Hudson River: The Role of Music and Sound to the Production of Place

Authors: Mark Sciuchetti*, Florida State University
Topics: Cultural Geography, Behavioral Geography, Field Methods
Keywords: music, sound, cultural geography, Hudson river,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Washington 6, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This paper explores sound, space, and place along the Hudson River to analyze how space, sound, and music vary, affecting individuals’ identities and place. Using sound diaries, interviews, and field recordings of the Hudson River, I will explore the affective capacity of sound in place along the river, both past and present. I investigate the spatial context within which events occur to produce individual and collective identities that change the way people interact with the world around them and understand their position within society and nature. I provide an analysis of the sounding and resounding of the Hudson River from the 1980s to the present to understand the role of sound and music as influenced and influencing environmental, social, and cultural concerns on the River. The objectives of this research are to identify how sounds and music affect the listener in different places and how historical, environmental, and cultural events change the way we view place through sound. Along the Hudson River, the sounds of particular places affect the listeners and change their understanding of place. Finally, this research will explain the important role that place and sound (creation and dissemination) plays in the development of identity.
The broader impact of this work lies in its connectivity to the present. As a way to understand our present society, it is helpful to understand the way nature, sound, and music affects our identities. This research will provide another avenue for researchers to study the development of identity and culture through sound.

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