Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear

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Sound can be deployed to produce discomfort, express a threat, or create an ambience of fear or dread--to produce a bad vibe. Sonic weapons of this sort include the "psychoacoustic correction" aimed at Panama strongman Manuel Noriega by the U.S. Army and at the Branch Davidians in Waco by the FBI, sonic booms
(or "sound bombs") over the Gaza strip, and high frequency rat repellants used against teenagers in malls. At the same time, artists and musicians generate intense frequencies in the search for new aesthetic experiences and new ways of mobilizing bodies in rhythm. In Sonic Warfare, Steve Goodman explores these uses of acoustic force and how they affect populations. Most theoretical discussions of sound and music cultures in relationship to power, Goodman argues, have a missing dimension: the politics of frequency. Goodman supplies this by drawing a speculative diagram of sonic forces, investigating the deployment of sound systems in the modulation of affect. Traversing philosophy, science, fiction, aesthetics, and popular culture, he maps a (dis)continuum of vibrational force, encompassing police and military research into acoustic means of crowd control, the corporate deployment of sonic branding, and the intense sonic encounters of sound art and music culture.
Goodman concludes with speculations on the not yet heard--the concept of unsound,
which relates to both the peripheries of auditory perception and the unactualized nexus of rhythms and frequencies within audible bandwidths.

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"By insisting on the primacy of vibration in the nexus of sound,affect, and power, Sonic Warfare charts a transdisciplinary micropolitics of frequency that breaks with the orthodoxies of phenomenology and cultural studies and triumphantly succeeds in immersing us in the present of viral capitalism, pirate media, and asymmetric warfare. This book is rigorous, affirmative, sober, and pitiless: in its ambition, its purpose and its passion, it is nothing short of a breakthrough for contemporary sonic thought."—Kodwo Eshun, Course Director of MA Aural and Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, and author of More Brilliant than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262013475
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Series: Technologies of Lived Abstraction
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,364,402
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Goodman is a Lecturer in Music Culture at the School of Sciences, Media, and Cultural Studies at the University of East London, a member of the CCRU (Cybernetic Culture Research Unit), and the founder of the record label Hyperdub.

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Table of Contents

1 1998: A Conceptual Event 1

2 2001: What Is Sonic Warfare? 5

3 2400-1400 B.C.: Project Jericho 15

4 1946: Sonic Dominance 27

5 1933: Abusing the Military-Entertainment Complex 31

6 403-221 B.C.: The Logistics of Deception 35

7 1944: The Ghost Army 41

8 1842: Sonic Effects 45

9 1977: A Sense of the Future 49

10 1913: The Art of War in the Art of Noise 55

11 1989: Apocalypse Then 59

12 1738: Bad Vibrations 63

13 1884: Dark Precursor 69

14 1999: Vibrational Anarchitecture 75

15 13.7 Billion B.C.: The Ontology of Vibrational Force 81

16 1931: Rhythmanalysis 85

17 1900: The Vibrational Nexus 91

18 1929: Throbs of Experience 95

19 1677: Ecology of Speeds 99

20 99-50 B.C.: Rhythm out of Noise 105

21 1992: The Throbbing Crowd 109

22 1993: Vorticist Rhythmachines 113

23 1946: Virtual Vibrations 117

24 2012: Artificial Acoustic Agencies 123

25 1877: Capitalism and Schizophonia 129

26 1976: Outbreak 133

27 1971: The Earworm 141

28 2025: Deja Entendu 149

29 1985: Dub Virology 155

30 1928: Contagious Orality 163

31 2020: Planet of Drums 171

32 2003: Contagious Transmission 177

33 2039: Holosonic Control 183

34 Conclusion: Unsound - The (Sub)Politics of Frequency 189

Glossary 195

Notes 199

References 251

Index 265

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    To tails

    Knuckles is with julie-su

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Klaws to Tails

    Rememer me? It's Klaws the Mole!!! Use me in the story too!! Even as a support role... and Rouge is with Knuckles. They have a tender moment on space station ARK in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. Not sure if it's true, but Knuckles might even have proposed to her there. It was unclear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Tails's Story Chapter 4- A New Friend Or Foe?

    *Tails was sitting eating his dinner when the phone began to ring*Sighing Tails put down his fork and walked to the phone. He answer it and it was Cream.
    Cream- Tails she awake! Her name is Blackdiamond.
    Tails- Wait. What?
    Cream- Just go and grap Amy. She the only one not here besides you.
    Tails-*he hung up and walked back to his plane which was parked outside*Tails looked at his clock. It was 7. There was only one place Amy would be if she wasn't at home.*
    *Tails parked his plane near a hill and climbed it*He saw Amy siting on the top*
    Tails- Amy!*Amy turned and stood up*
    Amy- Yea Tails?
    Tails- Cream says that the girl is awake.
    Amy- Oh okay.*both of them walk back to Tails's plane*
    Tails- What were doing up on the hill?
    Amy- How did you even know I was there?
    Tails- Everytime I drive my plane at this time you are always there so what's up?
    Amy- It's Sonic. Why doesn't he like me.
    Tails- Amy, Sonic does like you but don't you think that you are a little young to be dating?
    Amy- I don't know.
    Tails- Exactly, now you know how Sonic feels.*Tails lands the plan and Amy and him left it and walked to Cream's house*They knocked and Vanilla answer* They when into Cream's living room to fined that everyone was there*
    Tails- Hey guys!
    Amy- Hi guys. What's happening?
    Cream- Finally!*Cream jumps up from her spot* Let's go!*races upstairs*everyone follows* they walk in to see Cream standing next to a bed and in the bed was the girl hedgehog*Cream softly shook her awake*
    Cream- Blackdiamond. Wake up.
    Blackdiamond- Huh...what?*gets up*Guys. Is it really you? You all look so much younger.
    Knuckles- Do we know you?
    Blackdiamond- Know me! I'M THE ONE WHO HELPS YOU WITH YOUR KIDS!!
    Blaze- Kids?*lookes at Silver*
    Silver- What?
    Knuckles-*lookes at her*Okay you got the wrong people. None of us have kids...right?*lookes at Sonic and Tails*Sonic slaps himself on the head*Tails sighs at Kunckles stupidity*
    Blackdiamond- What do you...oh wait. You don't know do you?
    Amy- What do you mean?
    Tails- Yea. What is it.
    Blackdiamond- I've came from the furture. I've came to warn you about the darkness that is coming.*Tails's dream comes rushing back to him*
    Tails- Wait. Are any of these childeren named Rose?
    Blackdiamond-*She lookes up sharply* Yes! How did you know about Sonic's and Amy's daughter?*Amy stared at Blackdiamond opened-mouthed*Sonic sat down in a chair in disbelive*
    Shadow- Okay. Wait! I know everything that happenes in this guys life and i think i would notice if he had a kid.
    Knuckles- The more important question is how does Tails knows?*Everyones looked at Tails*Tails sighed and told everyone about his dream*
    Silver- Why did you wait all this time to tell us this?
    Tails- I don't know. Okay. I just don't.*Amy who had recover a little from the news walks out without a word*Blaze and Rouge follows her*
    Shadow- Well if Tails's dream is right then when is "Rose and her friends coming"?
    Blackdiamond- I don't know exactly but the darkness is closing in we have to be ready.
    Knuckles- How?
    Blackdiamond- I...I don't know.
    (Guys i need to know sonic couples. I know sonic and amy is one but what about the rest. And no tails and cosmo. She is dead so no just no. I could look on my computer but there is like a bunch that i can't figure out like rouge. Does she go with knuckles or shadow. I don't know so tell me. Speard the word to and tell me many as possiable. Thanks)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Heyy its tori


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Im fat and need help

    Im obese. I need someone to b nice to me. ;(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    R u happy?...

    Im soooo happy :) need someone to share my happy with... wanna get happy with me...lets chat~makayla

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012


    Im here.. zac

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012


    Ayyy Momo is here ! :) xxx ~Momo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    To i need help!

    I can help! Skai :) xx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012


    Wats his gf's name? Vanessa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012


    Im at the new chat room u told me to go to for me and u are me and your bro....alaze

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    Posted August 5, 2012



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