A small room with two airline chairs and multiple speakers which is used to test airport noise pollution.

Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton

Listening Across Disciplines II (LxDII) is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It systematically investigates the potential of listening as a legitimate and reliable methodology for research across the arts and humanities, science, social science and technology.

The project positions listening as an emerging investigative approach that is able to: access new information relevant to the pressing problems of social exclusion, dementia, lung health, auscultation (medical listening) and speech recognition; and deliver new insights to curation, music, art, urban planning and civil engineering, where sound can reveal hidden potentialities and contribute to our understanding of culture and how we live together.

Through partnerships and embedded co-working staged over five carefully organized phases, the research will observe, document and analyse listening. The research is located in two main areas through the development of listening protocols and vocabularies.  Public events and experimental workshops are consistently employed throughout the research as a way of co-constructing, testing and sharing cross-disciplinary knowledge.

The project team is based at London College of Communication (LCC), University of the Arts London (UAL) and University of Southampton (UoS). Dr Salomé Voegelin, Professor of Sound (UAL) is the principal investigator. Dr Anna Barney, Professor in Biomedical Acoustic Engineering (UoS) is the co-investigator.

The collaboration between Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) at LCC and ISVR (Institute of Sound and Vibration Research) at UoS presents a unique context for this research, instituting the meeting of scientific and artistic perspectives on listening. Listening Across Disciplines II represents the continuance and development of a network grant  called Listening Across Disciplines that was led by the PI and the Co-I from May 2016 until April 2017. This current research project will build on and expand the network of international researchers and initiatives brought together at its meetings and further develop the findings generated there, which serve to inform and validate its purpose, method and scope.

Enter the full archived website of the network grant here.

A screenshot of the archive website for the network grant Listening Across Disciplines


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Listening across Disciplines invites you to listen to the sound above and send us your description, definition or audition of that sound.

Your responses will help us understand how listening translates into words and what communal crossovers and shared understandings may or may not exist.

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