chapter  1
Musical Ecologies
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Sesha lives in a well-designed community home with five other adults with profound physical and cognitive disabilities. Her father Jeffrey2 shows me how nicely thought out the physical and visual surroundings are, but how problematic the auditory environment is for someone like Sesha. We listen. Background recorded music (and its volume) is chosen by care staff. Jeffrey says he can see that it’s often not to any of the residents’ tastes. A further background ‘soundscape’ consists of food blenders whizzing, a TV left on, a hoover, someone’s habitual moaning. Because of the residents’ various challenges they become a captive audience to these unwanted sounds, whilst their musical worlds remain deprived.