As part of the stated objectives of Listening across Disciplines we aim to develop vocabularies that survey and bring together existing terminology on listening and hearing, to establish and document cross-disciplinary references, interpretations and usage. This will help us understand how we listen, what we listen for and how terminology relates to and determines what we hear.

Ultimately we hope to develop shared and shareable vocabularies that can facilitate communication and comparability, that facilitate cross-disciplinary working and the sharing of methods and approaches.

We believe shared listening vocabularies will give "sonic knowledge" influence in the evaluation, assessment and theorisation of artistic and scientific problems and enable the cross-disciplinary exchange

We would like to call on you to help us collate and develop these vocabularies and invite you to send us your subject specific listening terms with definitions, usage and application.

If you would like to add further terms please send those to the network administrator via the contact page.



Phonographic methods: Research methods that use sound recording and related practices of listening, editing, playback, performance, and broadcast.

Sonic environmental aesthetics: A consideration of the aesthetic qualities of, and value judgements about, environmental sound.

Sonic geographies: A term that describes the various spatialised investigations into sound and music.

Sonic Rupture: A point in space where the systemised signs of everyday life are momentarily dispersed for the upwelling of imaginative possibility. 

Spectrogram: Representation of a digital sound recording that displays changes in time and frequency content simultaneously. 

Spectrum: Representation of a digital sound recording that displays the frequency content of a signal. 

Time History: Representation of a digital sound recording that displays changes in amplitude with time.