Hearing cultures : essays on sound, listening and modernity / edited by Veit Erlmann.

by Erlmann, VeitLooking glass.

Series: Wenner-Gren International Symposium Series: Publisher: Oxford : Berg, 2004.Description: ix, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1859738230; 1859738281 (; 9781859738238; 9781859738283; 9781859738283.Subject(s): HearingLooking glass | ListeningLooking glass | SoundLooking glassNote: Bibliography: pages 211-229. - Includes index.
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Vision is typically treated as the defining sense of the modern era and a powerful vehicle for colonial and postcolonial domination. This is in marked contrast to the almost total absence of accounts of hearing in larger cultural processes. Hearing Cultures is a timely examination of the elusive, often evocative, and sometimes cacophonous auditory sense - from the intersection of sound and modernity, through to the relationship between audio-technological advances and issues of personal and urban space. As cultures and communities grapple with the massive changes wrought by modernization and globalization, Hearing Cultures presents an important new approach to understanding our world. It answers such intriguing questions as: Did people in Shakespeare's time hear differently from us? In what way does technology affect our ears? Why do people in Egypt increasingly listen to taped religious sermons? Why did Enlightenment doctors believe that music was an essential cure? What happens acoustically in cross-cultural first encounters? Why do Runa Indians in the Amazon basin now consider onomatopoetic speech child's talk? The ear, as much as the eye, nose, mouth and hand, offers a way into experience. All five senses are instruments that record, interpret and engage with the world. This book shows how sound offers a refreshing new lens through which to examine culture and complex social issues.

Bibliography: pages 211-229. - Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • But What of the Ethnographic Ear? Anthropology, Sound and the Senses
  • Listening to the Wild Blue Yonder: The Challenges of Acoustic Ecology
  • Ambiguous Traces, Mishearing and Auditory Space Paul Carter Language and Nature in Sound Alignment
  • Raising Spirits and Restoring Souls: Early Modern Medical Explanations for Music's Effects
  • Ether Ore: Mining Vibrations in American Modernist Music
  • Hearing Modernity: Egypt, Islam and the Pious Ear
  • Edison's Teeth: Touching Hearing
  • Thinking about Sound, Proximity, and Distance in Western Experience: The Case of Odysseus's
  • Bull Writing the World: Acoustical Engineers and the Empire of Sound in the Motion Picture Industry, 1927-1930

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Veit Erlmann is Endowed Chair of Music, School of Music, University of Texas at Austin.

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