Standing out from the Crowd. Vocal and Sound Techniques for Catching Peoples' Attention in an Indian Bus Stand

Abstract : In Indian bus stations, travellers are immediately immersed in a very dense milieu that initially gives the impression of a vast chaos of sound. But looking more deeply, one sees that instead of considering the sound space in a single overarching and coordinated way, it is better understood as different scales of listening that are mainly organized around ticket vendors. This chapter demonstrates how these voices fashion a fragmented arrangement of sound space that is governed not by chance but according to the logic of multiple attraction. A comparison is made with other forms of public voices, such as those of the Keralite lottery where voices are sped up and worked on for their acoustic prominence, or the announcements broadcast in French public transportation. By comparing these utterances, in their own temporality and spatiality, this chapter contributes to ongoing debates on the perception-action pair associated with the category of affordance.
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Christine Guillebaud. Standing out from the Crowd. Vocal and Sound Techniques for Catching Peoples' Attention in an Indian Bus Stand. Guillebaud, Christine. Toward an Anthropology of Ambient Sound, ⟨Routledge⟩, pp.77--97, 2017, Anthropology Series, 9781138801271. ⟨hal-01610209⟩

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