The Sound Ethnography Project is a sonic mapping experiment in novel ethnographic methods and forms. We are anthropology graduate students primarily at the University of California-Irvine engaged in doctoral research. We are scattered over the continents and the Internet. To take advantage of our distant geographies, a few of us thought of what sort of collaboration or larger project would be possible.
We will record a path or a point. Some will walk, bike, or drive their route while recording the soundscape. Others will pause at a specific place to record the sounds drifting through or created in that particular place. We are interested in the relationships between sound and space.
Our form is open. Our maps are transient. They cannot be static. What we’ve mapped may no longer exist. Listen closely.