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The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies
     

The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies

by Trevor Pinch, Karin Bijsterveld
 

ISBN-10: 0199995818

ISBN-13: 9780199995813

Pub. Date: 04/01/2013

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Written by the world's leading scholars and researchers in the emerging field of sound studies, The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies offers new and fully engaging perspectives on the significance of sound in its material and cultural forms. The book considers sounds and music as experienced in such diverse settings as shop floors, laboratories, clinics,

Overview


Written by the world's leading scholars and researchers in the emerging field of sound studies, The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies offers new and fully engaging perspectives on the significance of sound in its material and cultural forms. The book considers sounds and music as experienced in such diverse settings as shop floors, laboratories, clinics, design studios, homes, and clubs, across an impressively broad range of historical periods and national and cultural contexts.

Science has traditionally been understood as a visual matter, a study which has historically been undertaken with optical technologies such as slides, graphs, and telescopes. This book questions that notion powerfully by showing how listening has contributed to scientific practice. Sounds have always been a part of human experience, shaping and transforming the world in which we live in ways that often go unnoticed. Sounds and music, the authors argue, are embedded in the fabric of everyday life, art, commerce, and politics in ways which impact our perception of the world. Through an extraordinarily diverse set of case studies, authors illustrate how sounds -- from the sounds of industrialization, to the sounds of automobiles, to sounds in underwater music and hip-hop, to the sounds of nanotechnology -- give rise to new forms listening practices. In addition, the book discusses the rise of new public problems such as noise pollution, hearing loss, and the "end" of the amateur musician that stem from the spread and appropriation of new sound- and music-related technologies, analog and digital, in many domains of life.

Rich in vivid and detailed examples and compelling case studies, and featuring a companion website of listening samples, this remarkable volume boldly challenges readers to rethink the way they hear and understand the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199995813
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
612
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
List of Figures
Introduction: New Keys to the World of Sound - Trevor Pinch and Karin Bijsterveld
SECTION I: REWORKING MACHINE SOUND: SHOP FLOOR & TEST SITES
1. The Garden in the Machine: Listening to Early American Industrialization - Mark M. Smith
2. Turning a Deaf Ear? Industrial Noise and Noise Control in Germany since the 1920s - Hans-Joachim Braun
3. "Sobbing, whining, rumbling": Listening to Automobiles as Social Practice - Stefan Krebs
4. Selling Sound: Testing, Designing, and Marketing Sound in the European Car Industry - Eefje Cleophas and Karin Bijsterveld
SECTION II: STAGING SOUND FOR SCIENCE AND ART: THE FIELD
5. Sound Sterile: Making Scientific Field Recordings in Ornithology - Joeri Bruyninckx
6. Underwater Music: Tuning Composition to the Sounds of Science - Stefan Helmreich
7. A Grey Box: The Phonograph in Laboratory Experiments and Field Work, 1900-1920 - Julia Kursell
SECTION III. STAGING SOUND FOR SCIENCE AND ART: THE LAB
8. From Scientific Instruments to Musical Instruments: The Tuning Fork, Metronome, and Siren - Myles W. Jackson
9. Conversions: Sound and Sight, Military and Civilian - Cyrus Mody
10. The Search for the 'Killer Application': Drawing the Boundaries Around the Sonification of Scientific Data - Alexandra Supper
SECTION IV: SPEAKING FOR THE BODY: THE CLINIC
11. Inner and Outer Sancta: Ear Plugs and Hospitals - Hillel Schwartz
12. Sounding Bodies: Medical Studies and the Acquisition of Stethoscopic Perspectives - Tom Rice
13. Do Signals Have Politics? Inscribing Abilities in Cochlear Implants - Mara Mills
SECTION V: EDITING SOUND: THE DESIGN STUDIO
14. Sound and Player Immersion in Digital Games - Mark Grimshaw
15. The Sonic Playpen: Sound Design and Technology in Pixar's Animated Shorts - William Whittington
16. The Avant-garde in the Family Room: American Advertising and the Domestication of Electronic Music in the 1960s and 1970s - Timothy Taylor
SECTION VI: CONSUMING SOUND AND MUSIC: THE HOME AND BEYOND
17. Visibly Audible: The Radio Dial as Mediating Interface - Andreas Fickers
18. From Listening to Distribution: Non-official Music Practices in Hungary and Czechoslovakia from the 1960s to the 1980s - Trever Hagen with Tia DeNora
19.The Amateur in the Age of Mechanical Music - Mark Katz
20. Online Music Sites as Sonic Sociotechnical Communities: Identity, Reputation, and Technology at ACIDplanet.com - Trevor Pinch and Katherine Athanasiades
SECTION VII: MOVING SOUND AND MUSIC: DIGITAL STORAGE
21. Analog turns Digital: Hip-hop, Technology, and the Maintenance of Racial Authenticity - Ray Fouche
22. iPod Culture: The Toxic Pleasures of Audiotopia - Michael Bull
23. The Recording that Never Wanted to be Heard, and Other Stories of Sonification - Jonathan Sterne and Mitchell Akiyama
Index

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