Dr. Michael Gallagher (UK) – Social and Cultural Geographer (Manchester Metropolitan University)

This talk is about the use of audio media in researching places. The lecture narrates some episodes from the production of an ‘audio drift’, an environmental sound work designed to be listened to on a portable MP3 player whilst walking in a landscape in Scotland that contains a unique series of ruins. Gallagher argues that, as well as representing places, portable audio works can function to shape listeners’ attention and bodily movements, thereby reworking places. Such works can fold the sounds of a place back into it, a technique that is particularly suited to amplifying the haunted and uncanny qualities of places