Sounds of the Pandemic offers one of the first critical analyses of the changes in sonic environments, artistic practice, and listening behaviour caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

This multifaceted collection provides a detailed picture of a wide array of phenomena related to sound and music, including soundscapes, music production, music performance, and mediatisation processes in the context of COVID-19. It represents a first step to understanding how the pandemic and its by-products affected sound domains in terms of experiences and practices, representations, collective imaginaries, and socio-political manipulations.

This book is essential reading for students, researchers, and practitioners working in the realms of music production and performance, musicology and ethnomusicology, sound studies, and media and cultural studies.

chapter |11 pages


Understanding a Pandemic through Sound

part I|84 pages


chapter 1|15 pages

Listening to the First Lockdown

The Auditory Experience of Wrocław's Inhabitants 1

chapter 2|10 pages

Together in Discipline and Turmoil

Remembering Public Sounds during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

chapter 3|10 pages

Listening to the Hustle and the Hush

Sound, City, and the Pandemic

chapter 4|15 pages

Applauses and Banners, Horns and Fireworks

Tracing the Sonic Expression of French Social Movements during Lockdown

chapter 5|11 pages

Pandemic Soundscaping

Rediscovering a New Aura in the Mediatised Sonic Reality

chapter 6|11 pages

Not People but a Sound

Virtual Audio and the Appropriation of Fandom Practices in Pandemic Football

chapter 7|10 pages

A Digital Archive of Participatory Location Rhythm Performances

Listening as a Way of Attending to the Pandemic

part II|94 pages


chapter 8|11 pages

Huapanguitos pa seguir aguantando en cuarentena

Mexican SonTube Channels as Emergent Digital Spaces of Music and Community during COVID-19

chapter 9|15 pages

‘Why do they Dance in the Middle of the Pandemic?’

Post-Pandemic Cumbia, Mediated Live Music, and Digital Heritage from Mexico City

chapter 11|12 pages

Becoming Visible

Proud Roma and Sinti Musicians in Italy during the Pandemic

chapter 12|15 pages

Rethinking Intermedia Practices during the Pandemic

Staging and Conception of Alexander Schubert's Virtual Reality Video Game Genesis

chapter 13|13 pages

Musicians in the Brazilian Pandemic

Facing COVID-19 during the Bolsonaro Regime and the Aldir Blanc Emergency Bill

part III|94 pages


chapter 15|20 pages


Types, Repertoires, Consolatory Function

chapter 17|11 pages

Music in Lockdown

On Sonic Spaces during the COVID-19 Pandemic, March–June 2020

chapter 18|12 pages

What a Blackbird Has Told Me

Latent Acoustic Learning in the Times of COVID-19

chapter 19|14 pages

The Sounds and Silence of COVID-19 Quarantine

Media Representation, Debility, and Neoliberal Biopolitics 1

chapter 20|9 pages

Four Sounds against Capitalocene

Lockdown, Music, and the Artist as Producer

chapter |13 pages


Coping with Crisis through Coronamusic