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Place and Space in Music & Sound, Dance and Theatre

See the "General Bibliography" section below for both clickable on-line papers as well as references to publishers' websites

 Search the "Research on Place and Space" Website


  1. Acoustic Ecology Institute
  2. Acoustic Ecology Research Group
  3. Audio and Three Dimensional Sound Links
  4. Music via Motion
  5. Putting Music In Its Place - 15 October 2002
  6. The Sound World of Bosavi (Steven Feld)
  7. Space and Time in Music (German Academy of Music)
  8. Space in Theatre Performance
  9. Spatial Sound Links
  10. World Forum for Acoustic Ecology
  11. World Soundscape Project
  12. Youth, Sound, and Space

On-line Bibliographies

  1. Monkman, Martin. Landscapes in Music: References.
  2. Sound and Space: An Incomplete Bibliography

General Bibliography

  1. Bank, Rosemarie. "Brook Farm and the Performance of Heterotopia." New England Theatre Journal 9 (1998): 1-22.

    Music, great and moving music,
    does not happen without a sense of place.
    It needs roots to draw from,
    it needs "story" and "his-story"
    (basically the same word) to nourish it.
    Sometimes, the absence of a place,
    the yearning for it, the exile from it,
    can produce the same

    Wim Wenders, "A Sense of Place"

  2. Bennett, Andy. Popular Music and Youth Culture: Music, Identity and Place. Palgrave MacMillan, 2000.

  3. Bilby, Kenneth. "Ethnicity, Identity and Music: The Musical Construction of Place." Ethnic and Racial Studies 23:1 (January 2000): 166-168.

  4. Blake, Andrew & George Lipsitz. "Dangerous Crossroads. Popular Music, Postmodernism and the Poetics of Place." History Workshop Journal 44 (Autumn 1997): 248-252.

  5. Blauert, Jens. Spatial Hearing - Revised Edition: The Psychophysics of Human Sound Localization. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1996.

  6. Bowen, Dawn S. "Lookin' for Margaritaville: Place and Imagination in Jimmy Buffett's Songs." Journal of Cultural Geography 16:2 (Spring-Summer 1997): 99-108.

  7. Breinbjerg, Morten. "Sense of Space, Sense of Place -staging of auditory spaces in computer music and multimedia", Virtual Soundscapes Skövde 22-24 September 2000.

  8. Briginshaw, Valerie. Dance, Space and Subjectivity. Palgrave Press, 2001.

  9. Bull, Michael. "Sound connections: an aural epistemology of proximity and distance in urban culture" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 22:1 (February 2004): 103-116.

  10. Carlson, Marvin. Places of Performance: The Semiotics of Theatre Architecture. Cornell University Press, 1993.

  11. Carney, George. "Music and Place" in The Sounds of People and Places: A Geography of American Folk and Popular Music from Country to Classical and Blues to Bop, 4th Edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

  12. Chaudhuri, Una. Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995.

  13. Chaudhuri, Una. Land/Scape/Theater: Toward the New Spatial Paradigm. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.

  14. Coburn, Robert. "Composing Space: The Integration of Music, Time, and Space in Multi-Dimensional Sound Installations." http://www.iii.rmit.edu.au/sonology/ACMC2002/ACMC2002_Web_Proceedings/143-148_Coburn.pdf

  15. Cohen, S. "Sounding out the city: music and the sensuous production of place." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 20 (1995): 434-446.

  16. Cohen, S. "Identity, Place and the ‘Liverpool Sound.'" in Stokes, Martin, ed. Ethnicity, Identity and Music: The Musical Construction of Place. Oxford: Berg, 1994: 117-134.

  17. Cooney, Denise von Glahn. "A Sense of Place: Charles Ives and 'Putnam's Camp, Redding, Conneticut'" American Music (Fall 1996): 276-312.

  18. D'Amico, Jack. "The Treatment of Space in Italian and English Renaissance Theater: The Example of Gl'Ingannati and Twelfth Night." Comparative Drama 23:3 (Fall 1989): 265-83.

  19. DeNora, Tia. "How is Extra-Musical Meaning Possible? Music as a Place and Space for "Work"." Sociological Theory 4:1 (Spring, 1986): 84-94.

  20. Duffy, Michelle. "Rhythmic Landscapes: Performing a Sense of Place." http://www.cia.com.au/peril/youth/duffy1.pdf

  21. Duffy, Michelle. "Lines of Drift: Festival Participation and Performing in a Sense of Place." Popular Music 19:1 (January 2000): 51-64.

  22. Edmunds, Lowell. Theatrical Space and Historical Place in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus. Rowman & Littlefield, 1996.

  23. El Haouli, Janete. "Radio: The Art of Sonorous Space." Mikropolyphonie - The Online Contemporary Music Journal 7 (2001) http://farben.latrobe.edu.au/mikropol/volume7/el_haouli_j/El_Haouli.html

  24. Feld, Steven. "A Poetics of Place: Ecological and Aesthetic Co-evolution in a Papua New Guinea Rainforest Community." in Roy F. Ellen and Katsuyoshi Fukui, eds., Redefining Nature: Ecology, Culture, and Domestication. London: Berg, 1996: 61-87. Reprinted, abridged, as "Lift-up-over Sounding", in David Rothenberg and Marta Ulvaes, eds., The Book of Music and Nature. Wesleyan University Press, 2001.

  25. Ford, L and F. Henderson. "The images of place in American pop music, 1890-1970." Places 1 (1974): 31-37.

  26. Forman, Murray. "'Represent': Race, Space and Place in Rap Music." Popular Music 19:1 (January 2000): 65-90.

  27. Forman, Murray. The 'hood comes first: race, space, and place in rap and hip-hop. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2002.

  28. Francaviglia, R. V. "Diffusion and popular culture: comments on the spatial aspects of rock music." in Lanegram, DA and Palm, R (eds) An Invitation to Geography New York: McGraw Hill (1978): 117-126.

  29. Garner, Stanton B. Bodied spaces: phenomenology and performance in contemporary drama. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994.

  30. Gibson, Chris. ""We sing our home, We dance our land": indigenous self-determination and contemporary geopolitics in Australian popular music." Environment and Planning D-Society & Space 16 (1998): 163 - 184. Abstract

  31. Gibson, Chris and Rebecca Pagan. "Rave Culture in Sydney Australia: Mapping Youth Spaces in Media Discourse." http://www.cia.com.au/peril/youth/chrispagan2.pdf

  32. Gibson, Chris and Peter Dunbar-Hill. "Nitmiluk: Place and Empowerment in Australian Aboriginal Popular Music." Ethnomusicology: Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology 44:1 (Winter 2000): 39-64.

  33. Gumprecht, Blake. "Lubbock on Everything: The Evocation of Place in Popular Music (A West Texas Example)." Journal of Cultural Geography 18:1 (1998): 61ff. Also in The Sounds of People and Places: A Geography of American Folk and Popular Music from Country to Classical and Blues to Bop, 4th Edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

  34. Howitt, Richard. "Scale as relation: musical metaphors of geographical scale." http://www.es.mq.edu.au/~rhowitt/scaleas.htm

  35. Jarviluoma, Helmi. "From Manchuria to the Tradition Village: On the Construction of Place via Pelimanni Music." Popular Music 19:1 (January 2000): 101-24.

  36. Jones, Rhett. "Place, Politics, and the Performing Arts in the African Diaspora." Western Journal of Black Studies 24:2 (Summer 2000): 71-79.

  37. Kong, Lily. "Popular Music and a "Sense of Place" in Singapore." http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/staff/home/geokongl/doc/xroadpap.doc

  38. Lawe Davies, C "Aboriginal rock music: space and place" in Bennett, T, Frith, S, Grossberg, L, Shepherd, J and Turner, G., eds. Rock and Popular Music: Politics, Policies, Institutions. London: Routledge, 1993: 249-265.

  39. Lee, Tong Soon. "Technology and the Production of Islamic Space: The Call to Prayer in Singapore." Ethnomusicology 43:1 (Winter, 1999): 86-100.

  40. Lehr, J. C. "‘Texas (When I Die)’: National identity and images of place in Canadian country music broadcasts." The Canadian Geographer 27 (1983): 361-70.

  41. Lemon, Ralph. Geography: Art / race / exile. University Press of New England, 2003.

  42. Lipsitz, George. Dangerous Crossroads: Popular Music, Postmodernism and the Poetics of Place. Verso Books, 1997.

  43. Lutterbie, John. "Phenomenology and the Dramaturgy of Space and Place." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 16:1 (Fall 2001): 123-30.

  44. Mackey, Sally. "Drama, Landscape and Memory: To Be is to Be in Place." Research in Drama Education 7:1 (2002): 9-25.

  45. Magowan, Fiona, "'The Land is Our Märr (Essence), It Stays Forever': The Yothu-Yindi Relationship in Australian Aboriginal Traditional and Popular Music," in Martin Stokes, Ethnicity, Identity and Music. The Musical Construction of Place. Oxford: Berg Publisher, 1994: 135-155.

  46. McAuley, Gay. Space in Performance: Making Meaning in the Theatre. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1999.

  47. McCartney, Andra. "Sounding Places with Hildegard Westerkamp." Electronic Music Foundation Institute site, November 2000. http://emfinstitute.emf.org/materials/mccartney00/

  48. Mehldau, Brad. Places. Warner Brothers Music, 2000. See the liner notes for this album, for an essay on place.

  49. Monkman, Martin. "Geography of Sound and Music." Part One of "Landscapes in Music: An Overview" http://www.coastnet.com/~monkman/music/geomus1.htm

  50. Monkman, Martin. "Musical Depictions of Landscape." Part Two of "Landscapes in Music: An Overview" http://www.coastnet.com/~monkman/music/geomus2.htm

  51. Moreira, James. "Place and Transformal Meaning in Nineteenth Century Sea Songs." Canadian Folklore Canadien 12:2 (1990): 69-84.

  52. Niaah, Sonjah Stanley. "Making Space: Kingston's Dancehall Culture and its Philosophy of 'Boundarylessness'". African Identities: A Journal of Economics, Culture and Society. 2:2 (November 2004): 117-132.

  53. Revill, George. "Music and the politics of sound: nationalism, citizenship, and auditory space." Environment and Planning D-Society & Space 18:5 (October 2000): 597-613.

  54. Roberson, James. "Uchinaa Pop: Place and Identity in Contemporary Okinawan Popular Music." Critical Asian Studies 33:2 (June 2001): 211-242.

  55. Saldanha, Arun. "Music, Space, Identity: Global Youth/Local Others in Bangalore India." http://www.cia.com.au/peril/youth/arun-msi.pdf

  56. Saldanha, Arun. "Goa trance in Goa: globalization, musical practice and the politics of place." http://gopher.ulb.ac.be/~jteurlin/Publications/Arunsydney.html

  57. Schafer, R. Murray. The Turning of the World: Toward a Theory of Soundscape Design. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1980.

  58. Schafer, R. Murray. "A Deceptive Neighborhood: The Soundscape of Toronto's Lower Forest Hill." Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology (Winter 1992) http://www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/Schafer92.htm

  59. Schafer, R. Murray. "Acoustic Space." Seamon, David & Robert Mugerauer, Dwelling, Place, and Environment: Toward a Phenomenology of Person and World. Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 1985: 87-98.

  60. Schafer, R. Murray. "Argentinian Soundscapes, November 1994" Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology (Spring 1995) http://www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/Schafer_Argent.htm

  61. Smith, J. S. "The Concept of Space in Medieval Drama: Toward a Phenomenological Interpretation in Medieval Studies." in Tymieniecka, Anna-Teresa, ed. The Elemental Passion for Place in the Ontopoiesis of Life Passions of the Soul in the Imaginatio Creatrix. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995.

  62. Smith, Susan J. "Performing the (Sound)World." Environment and Planning D-Society & Space 18:5 (October 2000): 615-637.

  63. Stanier, Philip. "Re: Location. The Use of Space in Contemporary British Experimental Theatre." http://www.brunel.ac.uk/depts/pfa/bstjournal/1nol2/Philip%20Stanier/BspaceT.htm

  64. Stokes, Martin, ed. Ethnicity, Identity and Music: The Musical Construction of Place. Oxford: Berg, 1994; Palgrave Macmillan, 1997.

  65. Stokes, Martin. "Place, Exchange and Meaning: Black Sea Musicians in the West of Ireland." in Stokes, Martin, ed. Ethnicity, Identity and Music: The Musical Construction of Place. Oxford: Berg, 1994: 97-116.

  66. Stump, Roger W. "Place and Innovationin Popular Music: The Bebop Revolution in Jazz." in The Sounds of People and Places: A Geography of American Folk and Popular Music from Country to Classical and Blues to Bop, 4th Edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

  67. Thomas, L. "A Sense of Community: Blues Music as Primer for Urbanization." Popular Music and Society 14:2 (Summer 1990): 77-86.

  68. Valentine, Gill. "Creating Transgressive Space: The Music of kd lang." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series 20:4 (1995): 474-485.

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