by Keizer, Garret.Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, Edition: First edition.Description: viii, 385 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781586485528; 1586485520.Subject(s): Noise -- Psychological aspects | Sound -- Psychological aspects | Noise | Sound
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Noise is usually defined as unwanted sound: loud music from a neighbor, the honk of a taxicab, the roar of a supersonic jet. But as Garret Keizer illustrates in this probing examination, noise is as much about what we want as about what we seek to avoid. It has been a byproduct of human striving since ancient times even as it has become a significant cause of disease in our own. At heart, noise provides a key for understanding some of our most pressing issues, from social inequality to climate change.
In a journey that leads us from the Tanzanian veldt to the streets of New York, Keizer deftly explores the political ramifications of noise, America's central role in a loud world, and the environmental sustainability of a quieter one. The result is a deeply satisfying book--one guaranteed to change how we hear the world, and how we measure our own personal volume within it.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-367) and index.
Noise is interested in you -- The unwanted sound of everything we want -- The noise of political animals -- What the Python said: prehistory to the eve of the industrial age -- What Laura heard: the industrial age to the present -- Their world too: noise today -- Loud America -- Sustainability and celebration -- The most beautiful sound in the world.
"In a journey that leads us from the primeval Tanzanian veldt to the modern streets of Mumbai, from the world's biggest motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, to wind farms in Maine, Keizer invites us to listen to noise in history, in popular culture, and not least of all in our own backyards"--Jacket.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Part I What We Talk About When We Talk About Noise: A Basic Introduction
- 1 Noise Is Interested in You (p. 3)
- 2 The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want (p. 21)
- 3 The Noise of Political Animals? (p. 47)
- Part II Laetoli Footprints: A Brief History
- 4 What the Python Said: Prehistory to the Eve of the Industrial Age (p. 75)
- 5 What Laura Heard: The Industrial Age to the Present (p. 101)
- 6 Their World Too: Noise Today (p. 131)
- Part III Lighter Footsteps: A Broad Perspective
- 7 Loud America (p. 165)
- 8 Sustainability and Celebration (p. 211)
- 9 The Most Beautiful Sound in the World (p. 241)
- Sitting Quietly at the Back: A Set of Resources
- A Time Line of Noise History (p. 263)
- Common Terms Used in Discussions of Noise (p. 271)
- Decibels in Everyday Life and Extraordinary Situations (p. 275)
- Organizations That Deal with Noise (p. 277)
- Practical Considerations for Noise Disputes (p. 281)
- A Personal Noise Code (p. 287)
- Notes (p. 289)
- Bibliography (p. 343)
- Acknowledgments (p. 369)
- Index (p. 373)