Listening Across Disciplines is a network project that brings together artists, musicians, scientists, technologists and social scientists as well as scholars and practitioners from the humanities, to work across disciplinary boundaries on the recently emerging focus on sound and listening.

The aim of this network is to initiate an exchange that draws together auditory research initiatives and methods from across the disciplines to advance their status and use, and to generate a space where culture and science can collide to generate new knowledge and create innovative modes of knowledge production that bring value within and between the disciplines, and ultimately to a general public.

The project has been awarded an AHRC grant and is run by Dr. Salomé Voegelin (PI), Reader in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication, UAL, and Co-I Dr. Anna Barney, Professor in Biomedical Acoustic Engineering at Southampton University.


Salomé Voegelin and Anna Barney would like to warmly invite you to engage in our monthly changing questions around listening.

Your answers will be collected by the project team, and will be vital in giving us insights into how you listen, and how you interpret what you hear.

This in turn will allow us to understand and evaluate listening in relation to knowledge, communication and how we live.

For more information please see our privacy policy.

What is Listening?

What is Listening?

Listening to Bodies and Materials, the second network event, will take place at Southampton University, SoU, on the 15-16 September 2016.

The focus of the meeting is social and medical as well as anthropological and forensic listening. Read more.

Recording Lung Sounds

Litmann 3M electronic stethoscope for recording lung and heart sounds. The blue dots indicate where to place the stethoscope to record lungs sounds related to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Image provided by Anna Barney.

Humanimentical Prototype

Mark Peter Wright, 2015. Microphone, cable, welding wire, acoustic foam, recorderThis ongoing sculptural series situates microphones within a necromediatic context of surveillance, parasites and horror. The sculptures connect technology, human and nonhuman materialities and posit the microphone as an agential performer, one whose consequent representations (recordings) forge a pathway towards monstrous potentiality rather than any singular notion of the real. 

Participatory Mapping Exercise

Muki Haklay; participatory mapping and listening to local community participants’ perceptions of UCL, 2010 (project funded by UCL Public Engagement Unit).

As part of this second event the participants will visit the anechoic and reverberant chambers in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Southampton University, and will be given a demonstrations in audiology.

The Large Anechoic Room at ISVR

This is one of the largest anechoic rooms in the country. It was extensively refurbished during 1995/96 and the original polyurethane foam wedges were replaced with glass fibre wedges. 

The skills lab

The skills lab is part of the Hearing & Balance Centre and is primarily used to train audiologists.

Read more about our second network event Listening to Bodies and Materialities.