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‘Tuning out’ or ‘tuning in’? mobile music listening and intensified encounters with the city

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posted on 06.10.2016 by Allan Watson, Dominiqua Drakeford-Allen
Mobile music listening has become an increasingly pervasive part of urban life. Yet it represents an area of enquiry with which urban studies scholars have yet to meaningfully engage. This paper considers the role of mobile music devices in creating new sonic, emotional and social interactions with and within the city. While academic work in this area has emphasized the use of these devices as a ‘tuning out’ of the physicality of the city, we suggest that they might also be used as part of a ‘tuning in’ that enhances the meaning and intensity of engagements with the city. In making this case, the paper considers two areas of academic enquiry that highlight the use of mobile music devices in intensified engagements with the city: first, recent writing on the sonic ecologies of the city that emphasize ‘city sounds’ as part of the urban experience; and second recent advances in the field of urban computing that provide technologies for location-aware music-exchanges and mediated social interactions. The paper emphasizes mobile music listening as one area of critical enquiry that can help develop our understanding of the ways in which the pervasiveness of mobile devices is recalibrating the experience of urban spatiality.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Geography and Environment

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International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

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WATSON, A. and DRAKEFORD-ALLEN, D., 2016. ‘Tuning out’ or ‘tuning in’? mobile music listening and intensified encounters with the city. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40 (5), pp. 1036–1043.

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© Urban Research Publications Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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29/07/2016

Publication date

2016

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: WATSON, A. and DRAKEFORD-ALLEN, D., 2016. ‘Tuning out’ or ‘tuning in’? mobile music listening and intensified encounters with the city. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40 (5), pp. 1036–1043, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12443. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions

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0309-1317

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1468-2427

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en

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