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date: 18 January 2021

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The chapter considers mobile locative audio applications, in which sounds are triggered or generated in response to GPS data, and it proposes a category of translocational audio, in which the listener navigates a sound environment which has no specific reference to a physical site, but is overlaid on it in a location of their own choice. It contextualizes this exploratory form of embodied interaction within developments in the twentieth-century musical avant-garde, investigating how composers such as Cage and Boulez reconceived musical structure in terms of spatial navigation, leading to the development of open-form composition and later to sound-installation practice. Drawing on Lakoff and Johnson’s work on conceptual metaphors, it is suggested that this development in musical thought constitutes a shift from a model in which music is understood as moving past a stationary listener to one in which a moving listener navigates a musical landscape.

Keywords: locative media, embodied interaction, open form, serialism, spatial metaphor, Cage, translocational, conceptual metaphor

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