The Sounding World and the contest of hard Policies

I want to take up a recent post written by Ecomusicologist Jeff Todd Titton on the development of growing interdisciplinary interest in the sounding and hearing world in the face of Climate Change and the urgent need to agree upon a joint action policy by human societies (see post).

Though I find Titton’s remarks really haunting for they are able to show how much we might not even know about the presence, functionality and aesthetics of sounds, music and the cultural forms among species to cultivate listening and communication – and yet, we are about to loose access to huge parts of the sounding world due to ongoing processes of destruction and mainly human caused ignorance. I really hope with Titton that the world may find common grounds at Paris and pick up those lines of joint policy efforts and dialogue that head trowards a rethinking of growth, conservation and prosperity in the light of ecological politics with other species and not against them.

If the sound of Climate Change can be found in storms, melting glaciers and global sea level rise – how do we interpret them aesthetically? Between awe, fear and the hope for something better and new to come I guess we should not outsource the different and possible ways humans may react to changing soundscapes too quickly for the sake of feelings of lament and preservationist utopias. In any case, I’m afraid that politicians in Paris may not even reach the point of aesthetics in the course of “hard” machtpolitik negotiations about Climate Change. To be outright, I do not see a critical mass of politicians who even dare to reflect on “soft” questions (albeit of uttermost importance) that address “culture” … hopefully, this will not result in Bruno Latour’s verdict that ecological politics had reached a dead end for mainly epistemological fallcies.

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