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Voegelin, S. (2013). Sonic possible worlds. Leonardo Music Journal, 23, 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Voegelin2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Sound Art
Creators: Voegelin
Publisher: MIT Press (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Collection: Leonardo Music Journal
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"This essay introduces the idea of Possible World theory as a potential strategy to engage in and debate sound: sonic works, the acoustic environment as well as musical compositions. The suggestion is that possible world theory allows for a consideration of the soundscape and sonic works as environments, as sonic worlds that offer an alternative view - a possible and even an impossible view - challenging and augmenting what we pragmatically refer to as the actual world, which is invariably legitimised and situated within a visual and linguistic understanding. The benefit of possible world theory for sound art is understood to lie in its ability to analyse what is ‘proposed’ by sound: It allows for an exploration of the “then what..” of a sonic “if that…”, rather than limiting itself to the notion of one actuality. Additionally, Possible World theory’s modal approach, the idea that possible worlds exist in a universe of mutually accessible and thus cross referential worlds, allows the listener not only to access sonic works as environments, as sonic worlds, but to be able to compare and cross-reference a variety of different sonic works understood as worlds within one sonic universe – establishing a comparative field that can facilitate the analysis of diverse sonic works across genres and times. Listening to this comparative field positions its diverse sonic works as possible sonic worlds in relation to phenomenological life-worlds, taking care of the perceptual reality of what is possible in the ephemerality of the unseen."
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