Havana’s Falling Tanks and Flooded Laneways: Examining the Acoustic Community

  • Vincent Andrisani
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture book series (PSAVC)


The work of the World Soundscape Project (WSP) conceives of community as moments of acoustic intelligibility that emerge against a backdrop of industrial modernity, an approach that by no means exhausts all possibilities of community formation through sound and listening. This chapter asks, with a term that has as much descriptive potential as “acoustic community”, how can it be deployed so that it accommodates research questions that extend beyond intelligibility alone? As a sonic ethnographer whose work is based in (and on) Havana, Cuba, I make use of the term in my research in the city. I argue that “acoustic community” remains a highly useful conceptual tool; however, its utility is contingent upon acknowledging and accommodating the historical geography in which it is used.


Cuban studies Soundscapes Historical narratives Acoustic community 


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  • Vincent Andrisani
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  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityVancouverCanada

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