Volume 59 Issue 2, Summer 2016, pp. 177-192

This article explores the idea of resonant listening in relation to aging and memory loss. Resonance is put into conversation with three pieces of sound art created by or with older adults grappling with changes in memory. The first two works discussed, Sounds of Forgetting and Turning, were created from recordings of conversations between one of the authors, Aynsley Moorhouse, and her father, Dr. John Moorhouse. The third composition, Fried Brains, is a two-minute piece created by Louise Jacks and Enid Anderson, two older women. Shifting away from narratives that reduce aging and memory changes to a series of tragic losses from a golden time in one’s life, these three works assert the value of ongoing expressive capacity and collaboration. They point to the ways in which, through sound, we may gradually learn to destigmatize dementia and changes in memory to create connections between neurotypical and neurologically atypical people.