Project Phases

Listening Across Disciplines II unfolds over 36 months, organised within five distinct but related phases that develop through time restricted and systematic collaborations with our partners. These five phases are linked by ongoing and iterative analytical and evaluative work, the documentation of which is continually publicised online, on radio and in print and is presented also on this website.

The phases are punctuated by public engagement events, which contribute to the broader understanding of the project and its findings and help to create and promote its outcomes to a general audience. They involve the development of vocabularies, shared listening terminologies that can enable the communication and facilitate cross-disciplinary working and the sharing of methods and approaches, and build a progressively developing resource of articles, interviews, references, etc. that arises from and runs parallel to the phased research work.

Phase 1

January 2019 - February 2019

The PI and the Co-I’s own listening methodologies in relation to Sound Art & Music and Alzheimer’s/Dementia & Lung Health respectively will be schematised into pilot listening protocols.

Phase 2

March 2019 - April 2020

The processes, technologies and procedures of four disciplines that currently do use listening as a fundamental part of their work will be observed, documented and evaluated through a period of embedded co-working. These four disciplines are strategically chosen in relation to the context of the existing network. Phase 2 partners include: The Centre for Speech Technology Research at Edinburgh University, Urbanidentity, Sound Studies Lab at University of Copenhagen and Health Sciences at Southampton University

Phase 3

May 2020 - February 2021

The two protocols developed in relation to the team’s own expertise in Phase 1, and the four protocols resulting from the interventions in Phase 2 will be adapted, applied and tested on two disciplines that do use sonic data or sonic material but that do not methodically or systematically listen as part of their work. These have been chosen strategically in relation to the context and work of the network. Phase 3 partners include: ARUP and the National Science + Media Museum.

Phase 4

March 2021- December 2021

This evaluative period compares and interprets the outcomes of Phases 1, 2 and 3, and works towards the refinement of the “best practice” set of listening protocols. The research team will work together, with recourse back to scientific partners, on data evaluation, comparative analysis of benefits and suitability, and develop plans for the communication of findings as well as the production and dissemination of the various publishable and public outcomes.

Phase 5

May 2021- December 2021

Best practice listening protocols will be applied in an area of research that does not work with sound, listening or audio data to include non-sonic information research and try to gain new access to them via sonification. This includes an exit study, as preliminary for further research with a non-listening discipline in collaboration with The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics (LSE) with LSE Director Prof. Tania Burchardt and knowledge management co-ordinator Dr. Bert Provan. In this Phase we will be working with Dr Sandra Pauletto, who will sonify CASE’s social-exclusion data in order for us to subsequently apply the listening protocols to evaluate and interpret them. Phase 5 partners include: CASE and Dr Sandra Pauletto