chapter  16
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Far Stretch - Listening to Sound Happening

WithElla Finer

How can we listen to actions and events we are not present in time and space to witness – so that when a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, it does make a sound? Further, how can we write this listening to the sonic world: communicating through text the resonant reception and perception of sound travelling from far away beginnings and materialising in other times. This chapter considers the continuous performance of sound even in the absence of any nearby auditor, so that regardless of the presence of ears in the wake of its happening, sound continues to perform in the air as on the page.