Sound and Memory

A lovely, personal reflection on the role of sound in the memory of place.


DSC00666 When from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection .
Marcel Proust “Swann’s Way”.

Months after returning home I listened to an assortment of my field recordings from Venice. During the listening process I was surprised at the abundance of memories that emerged, several of which were not directly related to the exact moment or place of the recording.

Memory is unreliable. We recontextualise the past according to what we know and feel today. We use photographs as…

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About Bruce Davenport

Research associate at Newcastle University. Previously a museum educator and researcher.
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