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Overview

Since the first edition was published seventeen years ago social and technical changes have altered the world of acoustic communication. This book draws upon many traditional disciplines that deal with specific aspects of sound,and presents material within an interdisciplinary framework. It establishes a model for understanding all acoustic and aural experiences both in their traditional forms and as they have been radically altered in the 20th century, Digital technology has completely redefined the listening and consumption patterns of sound. We are now able to benefit from the march of technology via a companion CD-ROM, which accompanies this volume for the first time.

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This book/CD-ROM draws on many traditional disciplines that deal with specific aspects of sound, and presents material within an interdisciplinary framework. Establishes a model for understanding all acoustic and aural experiences both in the traditional forms and as they have been radically altered in the 20th century. The accompanying CD-ROM contains definitions of 500 terms, 125 graphics, and 150 sound examples. This second edition takes into account social and technical changes in the field since 17 years ago. Truax teaches courses in acoustic communication and electro-acoustic music at Simon Fraser University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

BARRY TRUAX is a Professor in both the School of Communication and the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University where he teaches courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic music.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Acknowledgments

Sound, Listening, and Soundscape

Acoustic Tradition and the Communicational Approach

The Energy Transfer Model

Signal Processing

A Communicational Approach

The Listener

Hearing and Listening

Listening to the Past

Listening-in-Search and Listening-in-Readiness

Background Listening and the Keynote Sound Listener Preferences and Attitudes

Voice and Soundmaking

Voice and the Whole Person

Paralanguage

Soundmaking in Pairs and Groups

Systems of Acoustic Communication: Speech, Music, and Soundscape

The Continuum

The Model

The Brain

The Acoustic Community

Characteristics of the Acoustic Community

Variety, Complexity, and Balance

Some Case Studies

Noise and the Urban Soundscape

Noise and Acoustic Communication

Interlude: The "Deaf Spots" of Noise

The Path Toward Change

Acoustic Design

Variety and Coherence

Conclusion

Electroacoustic--The Impact of Technology on Acoustic Communication

Electroacoustic Communication: Breaking Constraints

The New Tools: Extensions or Transformations?

Space and Loudness

Time and Repetition

Objectification and Commodity

Schizophonia

Electrification: The New Soundscape

Redundancy and Uniformity

Dynamic Behavior

Response Characteristics

Analog and Digital

The Listener as Consumer

Extension and Simplification

Analytical and Distracted Listening

Consumerism

The Electroacoustic Media: Audio Mediation

Form and Content in Radio

Radio Structure

Characteristics of Radio Formats

The Acoustic Community as Market

Redefinition of the Acoustic Community

Electroacoustic Sound in the Community

The InternationalAudio Industry

Regaining Control: Electroacoustic Alternatives

Recording and the Document in Sound

Text-Sound, Electroacoustic Music, and the Soundscape Composition

Electoacoustic Design

Principles of Electroacoustic Design

Design of the Compositional System

Discography

Bibliography

Name Index

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