Hitting the ‘pause’ button: What does COVID-19 tell us about the future of heritage sounds?

Dirk Spennemann, Murray Parker

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Human existence is accompanied by environmental sounds as by-products of people’s activities and sounds that are intentionally generated to allow human society to function. The resulting soundscapes that surround people’s daily ex-istence are subject to technological, as well as behavioural change. Cultural heritage management has begun to address the question of which sounds and soundscapes should be preserved and maintained as part of humanity’s legacy to fu-ture generations. A side-e.ect of the dramatic social and behavioural change caused by governmental responses to COVID-19 has been a dramatic temporary alteration of urban cultural soundscapes. In this paper we will consider the nature and extent of these and will explore to what extent the COVID- 19-induced reality can be employed to project a future of urban cultural soundscapes if no active heritage intervention were to occur.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265–275
Number of pages11
JournalNoise Mapping
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2020


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