Sound scenography is the orchestration of sound in staged spaces

Every sound we hear in a particular environment necessarily co-produces our experience of that place along with the other senses. The sonic, the visual, the olfactory, the haptic – they all carry information in a different form. Sound opens a context of meaning not only coded as speech or in the guise of identifiable and illustrative sound sources such as footsteps or the sound of a passing train, but also in less obvious ways. Ambient atmospheres, contextualizing spatial soundscapes, or merely a reverb that creates the sensation of closeness or distance all permeate an exhibition design with a sonic signature. Because a staged space is always shaped by our listening experience, sound is an essential design tool in scenography.