Introduction: Sounding

  • Mickey Vallee
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sound book series (PASTS)


Two concepts, Infrastructures of Audibility and Imaginary Organs, are introduced in order to frame a theory of Sounding as a way to describe the excitement of getting caught up in the multiple meanings in a sound, and of perceiving the meanings of sound in non-sonic or trans-sonic things. The Infrastructures of Audibility refers to refer to the conduits and occupational labour that facilitate the flow of sound and that undergird knowledge. Imaginary Organs, meanwhile, is playfully musical, denoting an instrument, and a quasi-object with the potential of a thing, denoting connection, life, and breath. Sounding’s relevance to media theory and science and technology studies is explicated, contributing to current conversations about elemental and atmospheric media.


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  • Mickey Vallee
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  1. 1.Centre for Interdisciplinary StudiesAthabasca UniversityAthabascaCanada

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