RM02: A Reasonably Sound Mission Statement


“Ruminations” (RM) are short[-er] episodes, lightly edited, on topics nonetheless worth discussing.

In this Rumination, I talk for a few minutes about what I want to try to do with Reasonably Sound, and why I think sound is interesting and important.

Double Extra Super THANKS to all of Reasonably Sound’s Patrons, who help keep the show afloat. Special shoutout to Andrew Carlos, Anthony Kirkpatrick, Brandon, Camilla Greer, Chelsea Whyte, Coral Kennelty-Cohen, Dale Jakes, Dylan Teague, Elliott, Ethan Hermer, Hans Buetow, Ildaris, Jesse Gamble, Joachim, Joe Krushinsky, John Cifuentes, Jonny C, Kings Ransom, Kyle Adkins, Liz M, Mahlen Morris, Rachaul Paul, Royce Rackham, Scott, Susan Rugnetta, Tim, Tod Kurt, and Xander C

Music by Will Stratton
Visual Design by Tida Tep

  • @MrLaytonJ

    It seems to me that Reasonably Sound’s relationship to sound is very similar to academic geography’s relationship to space. Geographers began as a discipline thinking of space as a description of the spatial distribution of various aspects of the world (think mapping coastlines or populations or trees). However since then it has considered space as a medium through which power is exercised, and attended to the ways in which society imagines certain spaces and how that affects the social world (think of prejudices associated with far-flung places; or zoning laws that adversely affect particular communities). More recently it has begun to grapple with how people’s behaviours and practices make space – how patterned behaviour creates spaces that are lively, welcoming, or threatening. But also attended to the vast assemblage of materials that make space: infrastructures, algorithms, systems, biological processes, human practices etc. Space is the medium through which geographers critically engage with the world; just as sound is the medium through which RS critically engages with the world. Part of Geography’s raison d’être is to draw attention to spatial processes and how they effect society – so too for sound with RS. This can range from macro-political events (such as Britain voting to leave the EU, a deeply spatial process) but also to the micro level (how particular human and non-human practices make the space of an office ‘work’). I guess what I’m trying to get at is that one of the reasons I love the pod (and Idea Channel) is that I recognise my own academic discipline in it. I think you’re on to something here, and I’m eager to see where you take the project. All the best, xx

    p.s. if you would like any geography-theory texts for inspiration happy to recommend & supply

  • Iona

    Every theorist and critic just plays one, on or off the internet