The past is objective, history is not.

Wall of Sound: ‘ Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound’ at the British Library, April 2018.

The idea for this blog arrived long before the first pages were ever written. With a background in music, I am used to scrutinizing sound closely. It took a while however, for my musical interests to latch on to my interests in history; investigating how sounds (musical, or otherwise) come to define and shape places, and the communities that inhabit them.

A Sound History is divided into ‘Soundbites‘; short, 2-3 minute posts that aim to give an overview of a topic; hearing history through the cultural reverberations that ring on long after the noise has stopped.

So, lend us your ears, and enjoy the journey.