Sounding Singapore: Sound as Cultural Heritage


  • Marcus Cheng Chye Tan National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University Singapore


The paper will present the findings of a small-scale study done to ascertain Singapore’s soundmarks and the place and meaningfulness of sound in Singapore society.  I critically evaluate the significance of these findings in relation to Singapore’s cultural and political economy and the population’s lived experiences. The paper will also examine sonic events that reveal how sound’s regard impacts the cultural and political lifeworlds (Lebenswelt) of Singapore/eans. An oft neglected phenomenon in Singaporeans’ lived experience inevitably informs, influences and dictates Singapore’s social, cultural and political identity and beingness.