The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World

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The soundscape—a term coined by the author—is our sonic environment, the ever-present array of noises with which we all live. Beginning with the primordial sounds of nature, we have experienced an ever-increasing complexity of our sonic surroundings. As civilization develops, new noises rise up around us: from the creaking wheel, the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer, and the distant chugging of steam trains to the “sound imperialism” of airports, city streets, and factories. The author contends that we now suffer...

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Overview

The soundscape—a term coined by the author—is our sonic environment, the ever-present array of noises with which we all live. Beginning with the primordial sounds of nature, we have experienced an ever-increasing complexity of our sonic surroundings. As civilization develops, new noises rise up around us: from the creaking wheel, the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer, and the distant chugging of steam trains to the “sound imperialism” of airports, city streets, and factories. The author contends that we now suffer from an overabundance of acoustic information and a proportionate diminishing of our ability to hear the nuances and subtleties of sound. Our task, he maintains, is to listen, analyze, and make distinctions.

As a society we have become more aware of the toxic wastes that can enter our bodies through the air we breathe and the water we drink. In fact, the pollution of our sonic environment is no less real. Schafer emphasizes the importance of discerning the sounds that enrich and feed us and using them to create healthier environments. To this end, he explains how to classify sounds, appreciating their beauty or ugliness, and provides exercises and “soundwalks” to help us become more discriminating and sensitive to the sounds around us. This book is a pioneering exploration of our acoustic environment, past and present, and an attempt to imagine what it might become in the future.

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The New York Times
" . . . an unusual sensory experience that will raise your consciousness of the soundscape to a level of sensitivity you never experienced before."
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" . . . an unusual sensory experience that will raise your consciousness of the soundscape to a level of sensitivity you never experienced before."
From the Publisher

" . . . an unusual sensory experience that will raise your consciousness of the soundscape to a level of sensitivity you never experienced before."
New York Times
... an unusual sensory experience that will raise your consciousness of the soundscape to a level of sensitivity you never experienced before...
Whole Earth
The Soundscape widens the sense of what music can be, including acoustic design as well as activism to protect the fragile soundscapes of our increasingly noisy Earth. The single most essential volume in this field.
—Spring 1998
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892814558
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 477,151
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A well-known Canadian composer, R. Murray Schafer is the author of several books, including The Music of the Environment.

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Table of Contents

Preface  

Introduction

Part One: First Soundscapes

One: The Natural Soundscape

Two: The Sounds of Life

Three: The Rural Soundscape

Four: From Town to City

Part Two: The Post-Industrial Soundscape

Five: The Industrial Revolution

Six: The Electric Revolution

Interlude

Seven: Music, the Soundscape and Changing Perceptions

Part Three: Analysis

Eight: Notation

Nine: Classification

Ten: Perception

Eleven: Morphology

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    to tails

    "Incredible story! I love how you made fleetway so wise and kind. He respects life more than anyone else. Cant wait fo next chapter!!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Rose's Story Chapter 20- Respect Of Life

    *Rose lanched herself at Fleetway. He ducked but graped something that was on the ground before running off. He held it in his hand. Rose crashed into a tree.*
    Fleetway- Calm down. It's alright.*He was petting a small white mouse in his hand gently. Rose was surprides by this but shook it off. She was right all along*
    Fleetway- Don't you respect life?
    Rose- What?
    Fleetway- You almost crushed him.
    Rose- It just a mouse.
    Fleetway- Everything that breath is life. Life is important in the world. You shouldn't just throw it away like it's nothing.*puts the mouse on the ground and it runs off*
    Rose- You say life is important when you almost killed me!
    Fleetway- I did no such thing.
    Rose- So draining my energy is the best way to keep me alive?!
    Fleetway- One. I didn't take all your energy. Two. If I didn't take your energy you would of killed everybody.
    Rose- I could of controlled it!*she snapped*
    Fleetway- Really?*looks up at her* It seem to me you guys were having problems.
    Rose- Well we weren't!
    Fleetway- Yea sure. You keep thinking that. Now why did you come to find me?
    Rose- How did you know?
    Fleetway- You came to find me on purpose. So either you wanted to kill me, which I knew that isn't like you or you came to find me because you needed to talk to me.
    Rose- How do you know I didn't want to kill you?
    Fleetway-*laughs*Your father Sonic and your mother is Amy. I'm pretty sure none of them like to kill.
    Rose- Smart but I need to ask something.
    Fleetway- What?
    Rose- Do you have a charm?
    Fleetway- Uhh...no. Why do you ask?
    Rose- You sure?
    Fleetway- Very sure. Now if you excuse me.*he flew away. Rose's hope sunked. She was so sure that Fleetway was the 6th element but she was wrong. Sighing she walked home. Her father meet her half way home.*
    Sonic- WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! AMY IS WORRY SICK ABOUT YOU!
    Rose- Lake. I needed some time to think.
    Sonic- *sighs*That what I did but at least tell me or Amy. I thought that the nightmares had you. Come on let's race home.*smiling he raced off with Rose running close behind laughing*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Bonus hunt from samuri

    Epic hunt ahead! To start you must go to traxus tower and link up with unsc ships at new alexandria on planet reach. ( that i'm serios about!) After that go destroy that flying corvette! I assume you think that this is all hubbub and that i should stop talking like that, but i am not joking. There really is a planet called reach! I have photos of new alexandria. I have been there and defeated every brute there, hence the fact the home planet i call meta is famous for it's superior brute weaponry collection i have. Don,t forget my deadly arensal of energy swords! Now back to the legendary,spartan-smacking,cuvenant-crashing spine shattering hunt for the legendary samuri! Now come to my super-hidden h.q.for it's end. Now on your way, KILL EVERY CUVENANT IN YOUR PATH AND GET IT'S WEAPON FOR ME. You will be rewarded very much! Now go start the quest with traxus tower and the halo scene earlier. I am trapped in my own structure! Please help! Now go, young warrior. Now go!

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