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The Picturesqueness of the Soundscape: The Aesthetic Experience of the Acoustic Environment [Audiosfera]

Author(s): Robert Losiak
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, Geography, Regional studies, Human Geography, Aesthetics, Environmental interactions
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: soundscape; landscape; aesthetic experience; aesthetic value; picturesqueness

Summary/Abstract: In this article Losiak juxtaposes the reception of the soundscape with the aesthetic category of the picturesque. He outlines the concept of the soundscape, emphasizing its rootedness in the tradition of R. Murray Schafer’s acoustic ecology. He also relates the problem of the soundscape to the category of landscape and its interpretation in cultural studies. He points to the meaning of the aesthetic experience in relation to the soundscape, referring to the question of sensual perception as well as to aesthetic values. The neglected category of picturesqueness, Losiak concludes, is particularly useful in the aesthetic analysis of the soundscape, as it allows us to interpret our experience of a landscape within as well as outside of aesthetic contexts.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 45-57
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish