Sonic Dictionary

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The Sonic Dictionary is a growing collection of recordings created by students at Duke University and collaborating institutions. The project was inspired by the lack of reference materials available for students and teachers of audio culture. By experimenting with the form of a dictionary, we imagine how audio recordings can be used to enhance the vocabulary of sonic experience. The Sonic Dictionary also houses student-curated exhibits that draw connections between individual sounds and broader cultural and historical concerns.

This project began as part of the Audiovisualities Lab at Duke University's Franklin Humanities Institute. It is currently supported by the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Humanities Writ Large Initiative at Duke, funded by the Andew W. Mellon Foundation. 

For questions or contributions, please contact Mary Caton Lingold at mary.caton.lingold [at]

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