8 comments on “‘Stop, hey, what’s that sound?’

  1. Derek this is fascinating, and reminds me of some of T.E. Lawrence as Aircraftman Shaw at Cranwell in ‘The Mint’. I get a little bit of this in my book on Air:
    For Lawrence the “hangar had its own ‘private smell’, the ‘oil, acetone and hot metal’, perhaps misunderstood by the outsider. In the sun and the hangar is ignited by light, whilst during a storm it comes alive as the doors tremble. Wind rattles through hangar’s many holes and imperfect surfaces, so that the structure becomes a wood-wind-metal kind of instrument, “screaming on every high note of the scale, to raise devil-dances across the dusty floor. Screech, boom”.”

    Pete

  2. Thanks Pete and Stuart. There’s a lot (more) to say about the sound – and sensation – of flying, especially in WWI, and if I ever climb out of the trenches I want to get to that too. I originally started working on these military mapping projects because I’d been asked to give a lecture in Kentucky’s Social Theory series later this month, which this year has ‘Mapping’ as its theme. I’d thought this would be just a five-minute warm-up to the main event, which would be to reprise the work I’d done on air targeting in WWI, Indochina and now Afghanistan-Pakistan. But I’m now going to spend most of my time on the Western Front and then dissolve into Afghanistan… I’m much happier to present something original in any event, but this has also re-awakened my interest in cartography: I’d thought I’d said everything I wanted to say in “Seeing Red”, which was in part inspired by Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge’s work, but this new material has prompted me to attempt a critical engagement with Latour’s arguments about ‘digital navigation’…

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