The sonic environment which surrounds the sentient. The hearer, or listener, is at the centre of the soundscape. It is a context, it surrounds and it generally consists of many sounds coming from different directions and of differing characteristicsé Soundscapes surround and unfold incomplex symphonies or cacophonies of sound.
P. Rodaway, Sensuous Geographies. Routledge, 1994, pp 86-87