Lorna CHRISTIE, University of South Africa, South Africa
Ashley GUNTER, University of South Africa, South Africa
Soundscapes are a useful tool to understand space and the mood and flows of emotions in this space. Increasingly soundscapes are used to understand cityscapes using non-verbal and non-visual clues. The acoustic environment adds a rich layer of complexity to the landscape and much can be learned and interpreted from this environment. From communal sounds of joy to sounds of conflict, soundscapes of a community are often heard before they are seen. When a terrorist attack happens in a city, only those in close proximity see it, however, the reverberations of the soundscape and be felt across the city. This study aims to use soundscapes to identify communities in conflict, possibly even before it is seen. By using soundscapes as a learning tool in Africa, sound can become a catalyst to identify conflict and then to call for action. Soundscapes then represent more than just an acoustic environment but a tool for learning and listening to the community.
Mots clés : Soundscapes|Africa|Peace|Conflict