This project based on an ARC Discovery project that explored the ways people created and experience sound as part of everyday practice. This interdisciplinary project investigated sound from a number of perspectives and field locations in Japan and assembled an interactive website to engage listeners in the sounds of Japan. See: http://sonicjapan.co
From a public health perspective, sound is an often-overlooked aspect of our health and wellbeing. How does our sounded environment support or prohibit healthy lives? How do individuals, groups and governments seek to control sound for various purposes? How can sounds be used to cure, restore or at worst harm others? These are all important questions explored in this project. A new book explores some of these concepts, titled Sounding out Japan: A Sensory Ethnographic Tour published in 2020 by Routledge.
Prof Richard Chenhall