Beyond the Azhan: Abu Dhabi’s Cacophonous Soundscape (2019)

Diana Chester

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In Abu Dhabi, a city where the adhan, (The Islamic Call to Prayer), is recited five times daily, mapping the cacophony of its sounds can provide insight into its built environment and the lived experiences of the people in it. By considering the urban ambiance of the city through the acoustical mappings of both the uniform and pre- recorded natures of the adhan in Abu Dhabi City, I will offer a perspective of how live recordings can participate in a discourse on the aesthetic and temporal landscape of the city. What is it about the process of recording what we hear that allows the sonic content of the recording to become live, and does this impact our understanding of place? What do recordings reveal about urban spaces, and how do we “listen back” to them?
typeresearch exposition
last modified08/07/2019
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published inJournal of Sonic Studies
portal issue18. Issue 18

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653374 Audio Object 1_Airport Road Azhan_Abu Dhabi City Chester All rights reserved
653378 JSS18 Chester_Sama Mosque Chester All rights reserved
653385 Audio Object 2_Masjid Al-Taqwa, Florence Italy Chester All rights reserved
653389 Audio Object 3_Tighmarte Village Morocco_Asr Azhan Chester All rights reserved
653393 Audio Object 4_Masjid As-Sunnah An-Nabawiyah_Philadelphia Chester All rights reserved
653396 Audio Object 5_Niujie Mosque Beijing Chester All rights reserved
653410 Audio Object 6_Oman_Jebel Al Akhdar_Asr Chester All rights reserved
653413 Audio Object 7_Ali Bin Ghanim Bin Hamouda Mosque_Abu Dhabi Chester All rights reserved

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