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or combination of sounds that forms or arises from an immersive
. The study of soundscape is the subject of
. The idea of soundscape refers to both the natural
environment, consisting of
vocalizations and, for instance, the sounds of
and other natural elements; and environmental sounds created by humans, through
, and other ordinary human activities including conversation, work, and sounds of mechanical origin resulting from use of industrial technology. The disruption of these acoustic environments results in
By taking a
approach to the study of landscape, a person's experience of a place occurs through the medium of the sensing body. This embodiment of space can occur through different sensory perceptions such as taste, touch, smell, and sound. Soundscapes offer a lens through which we may gain knowledge of a place that can incorporate additional cultural significances which may be silenced in an exclusively visual study of the land. An example of a soundscape of a given place could be the sounds of a turpentine camp in Antebellum Florida; the scrape of the saw pushing back and forth against the bark of a pine, the resounding hammer of spikes, and the presence of the workday song sung by enslaved laborers. These are just a few of the sounds which compose the terrain and attribute to how we make meaning of place. Workday songs in particular are regional and aspects of the songs, such as lyrics, are informed by the particular location. A common occasion for singing a workaday song was wherever groups of men or women performed a common or monotonous task in order to lighten the toil and express emotion.
"Oh ho in the morning,
Oh ho in the evening,
Oh ho hallelujah
Ain't gwine be here all my days,"
These songs or chants were a way to invoke a sense of community for the laborers. It was a discrete yet important form of resistance to succumbing to the conditions of industrial slavery.
The term "soundscape" can also refer to an
of sounds that create the sensation of experiencing a particular acoustic environment, or compositions created using the found sounds of an acoustic environment, either exclusively or in conjunction with musical performances.
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