Sonic journeys with the dead: Exploring sounds, sites and media by listening to a gravesite.

Jakob Borrits Sabra

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This audio-paper is a site-specific investigation of relations between a gravesite at Vor Frelser Cemetery (Cemetery of Our Saviour), Copenhagen, Denmark, its cultural history and publicly co-constructed memories. The audio-paper follows a non-representational approach to sonic media and the metaphor of travelling, in an attempt to establish an alternative method for meaning-making of urban cemeteries. By using recorded environmental sounds and publicly accessible online digital material an awareness of cemeteries as significant parts of our shared social and cultural history is established. With offset in the particular gravesite of late Danish actor and cultural personage Jesper Klein, the audio-paper production is a aural narrative journey in which chosen spaces, places and temporal events from Jesper Klein's life are further animated by using relational sound souvenirs, interviews with friends and usergenerated online media based on Youtube. The sonic journey through the city is constructed from available digital material based on the author’s own subjective assessment. As potential experience design a well-established design framework as well as careful implementation of ethical considerations is needed. In conclusion the audio production proves as a successful medium to elucidate otherwise hidden and unknown relations between urban spaces and the cemetery history but needs further research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventFluid Sounds: Site-specific lectures, performances and audio papers - Copenhagen University Campus, Amager, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 18 Jun 201521 Jun 2015
Conference number: 1


ConferenceFluid Sounds
LocationCopenhagen University Campus, Amager
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