Eco Echoes

A sound map exploring sea level rise in Blackpool using underwater field recordings. Click the pins on the map to explore the locations

Sound mapping has been used extensively by environmental sound artists to map soundscapes relating to ecology. Because of my interest in water politics and climate justice and, after reading this question by Westerkamp (2002:56) ‘Can soundscape composition initiate ecological change?’ I was prompted to explore my curiosity for sound mapping and examine how soundscapes of water work within sonic cartography as both a method of enquiry and a means of environmental action. I have also been inspired through my research by Astrida Neimanis (2017:171) Bodies of Water where she speaks of the ‘temporal and spatial tangles’ of humans living as bodies of water enmeshed with ‘other watery bodies’. Which led me back to the voice of the sea and how the sea impacts, and is impacted by, other than human beings and inanimate objects and how this can influence soundscape creation.