Recomposing the City: A Survey of Recent Sound Art in Belfast

Gascia Ouzounian

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This article introduces examples of recent sound art in Belfast, a city that has undergone radical transformation over the past decade and is home to a burgeoning community of sound artists. The text investigates the ways in which sonic art can redraw boundaries in a city historically marked by myriad political, socioeconomic,
religious and sectarian divisions. The article focuses on sound works that reimagine a “post-conflict” Belfast. These include site-specific sound installations in urban and public spaces, soundwalks, sculptures, locative and online works, and experimental
sonic performances that draw upon traditional Irish song and music.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-54
Number of pages8
JournalLeonardo Music Journal
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • sound art; architecture; site-specific; sound installation;


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