Disruptive Ambient Music: Mobile Phone Music Listening as Portable Urbanism



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Lasen Díez, María Amparo (2018) Disruptive Ambient Music: Mobile Phone Music Listening as Portable Urbanism. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 21 (1). pp. 96-110. ISSN 13675494

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Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1367549417705607


This article explores the use of mobile phones as portable remediated sound devices for mobile listening — from boom boxes to personal stereos and mp3 players. This mode of engaging the city through music playing and listening reveals a particular urban strategy and acoustic urban politics. It increases the sonic presence of mobile owners and plays a role in territorialisation dynamics, as well as in eliciting territorial controversies in public. These digital practices play a key role in the enactment of the urban mood and ambience, as well as in the modulation of people’s presence — producing forms of what Spanish architect Roberto González calls portable urbanism: an entanglement of the digital, the urban and the online that activates a map of a reality over the fabric of the city, apparently not so present, visible and audible

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Portable urbanism, Mobile phones, Mobile listening, Sonic presence, Territoriality, Urban acoustic spaces
Subjects:Social sciences > Sociology > Popular culture
Social sciences > Sociology > Urban sociology
Social sciences > Information science > Communication
Social sciences > Information science > Information technology
Humanities > Music
ID Code:40478
Deposited On:12 Dec 2016 12:52
Last Modified:15 Oct 2019 09:49

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