Analysing the Transforming Finnish Soundscapes

Heikki Uimonen, Meri Kytö

Keywords: soundscape, acoustic community, sound memory, radio

Transforming Finnish Soundscapes (2014–2016) is a project continuing but not restricted to themes introduced in the research project One Hundred Finnish Soundscapes (2004–2006). Both projects collect, document, archive and analyse the qualitative aspects of sonic environments within the Finnish geographical borders. Of particular interest are the ways recordings are socially used, exchanged, listened to and made in participatory fashion. Terrestrial radio and digital media, such as web mapping tools and portable recording devices, were utilised in collecting, preserving and presenting the materials. The analysis of data collected ten years apart enables a unique diachronic comparison of soundscapes.