Mountain meets urban waterfront

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The audio paper is an experiment in combining two different soundscapes: a sonic composition of field recordings from Hallingskarvet mountain and an urban waterfront atmosphere, with the site-specific real time sounds of Islands Brygge. Baixinho and Blom explore what happens when we mix sounds from a Norwegian mountain with sounds from a Danish urban, post-industrial waterfront environment and its contemporary recreational uses. How does the pre-existent aural environment integrate and dialogue with our “invading” sonic composition? How do sounds mix, overlap or distinguish themselves? The audio paper reflects on the content of both independent soundscapes and explores the outcomes of this mingling.

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About the author(s)

Alexandra Baixinho is an Urban Anthropologist with a PhD in Visual Sociology (Goldsmiths College, University of London). She is interested in sensory and experimental ethnographic approaches to urban spaces, and in art-contaminated scientific practices and modes of representation. Her recent projects are focused on urban rhythms and socio-cultural transformations, particularly in ports and post-industrial waterfronts - through the use of photography and sound recordings. She has also worked as a researcher in projects ranging from urban governance to environmental sociology, at the Institute for Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL).


Tine Blom is Associate Professor at Lillehammer College in Norway where she teaches Visual Sociology. She is a PhD candidate in Sonic Art, Goldsmiths College University of London, with the project “Nature, wilderness and ecological awareness: Exploration, experience and the creation of audio-visual artwork”. She is interested in the basic conditions for human existence that are beyond the social. In this project, she explores mountain nature through the practice of field recording. Her artworks are at


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