The Oxford handbook of sound studies / edited by Trevor Pinch and Karin Bijsterveld.

by Bijsterveld, Karin, 1961-Looking glass; Pinch, Trevor, 1952-Looking glass.

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2012]Description: xii, 593 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9780195388947.Subject(s): NoiseLooking glass | SoundLooking glass | SoundsLooking glassNote: Series statement from book jacket.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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 insuch 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 havealways 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 anextraordinarily 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 discussesthe 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.

Series statement from book jacket.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Contributors (p. xi)
  • About the companion website (p. xiii)
  • New Keys to the World of Sound (p. 3)
  • Section I Reworking Machine Sound: Shop Floors and Test Sites
  • 1 The Garden in the Machine: Listening to Early American Industrialization (p. 39)
  • 2 Turning a Deaf Ear? Industrial Noise and Noise Control in Germany since the 1920s (p. 58)
  • 3 "Sobbing, Whining, Rumbling": Listening to Automobiles as Social Practice (p. 79)
  • 4 Selling Sound: Testing, Designing, and Marketing Sound in the European Car Industry (p. 102)
  • Section II Staging Sound for Science and Art: The Field
  • 5 Sound Sterile: Making Scientific Field Recordings in Ornithology (p. 127)
  • 6 Underwater Music: Tuning Composition to the Sounds of Science (p. 151)
  • 7 A Gray Box: The Phonograph in Laboratory Experiments and Fieldwork, 1900-1920 (p. 176)
  • Section III Staging Sound for Science and Art: The Lab
  • 8 From Scientific Instruments to Musical Instruments: The Tuning Fork, the Metronome, and the Siren (p. 201)
  • 9 Conversions: Sound and Sight, Military and Civilian (p. 224)
  • 10 The Search for the "Killer Application": Drawing the Boundaries around the Sonification of Scientific Data (p. 249)
  • Section IV Speaking for the Body: The Clinic
  • 11 Inner and Outer Sancta: Earplugs and Hospitals (p. 273)
  • 12 Sounding Bodies: Medical Students and the Acquisition of Stethoscopic Perspectives (p. 298)
  • 13 Do Signals Have Politics? Inscribing Abilities in Cochlear Implants (p. 320)
  • Section V Editing Sound: The Design Studio
  • 14 Sound and Player Immersion in Digital Games (p. 347)
  • 15 The Sonic Playpen: Sound Design and Technology in Pixar's Animated Shorts (p. 367)
  • 16 The Avant-Garde in the Family Room: American Advertising and the Domestication of Electronic Music in the 1960s and 1970s (p. 387)
  • Section VI Consuming Sound and Music: The Home and Beyond
  • 17 Visibly Audible: The Radio Dial as Mediating Interface (p. 411)
  • 18 From Listening to Distribution: Nonofficial Music Practices in Hungary and Czechoslovakia from the 1960s to the 1980s (p. 440)
  • 19 The Amateur in the Age of Mechanical Music (p. 459)
  • 20 Online Music Sites as Sonic Sociotechnical Communities: Identity, Reputation, and Technology at (p. 480)
  • Section VII Moving Sound and Music: Digital Storage
  • 21 Analog Turns Digital: Hip-Hop, Technology, and the Maintenance of Racial Authenticity
  • 22 iPod Culture: The Toxic Pleasures of Audiotopia (p. 526)
  • 23 The Recording That Never Wanted to Be Heard, and Other Stories of Sonification (p. 544)
  • Index (p. 561)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


This eclectic collection covers a range of topics within the interdisciplinary and growing field of sound studies. Authors include leading scholars in the field (Mark Katz, Jonathan Sterne, Timothy D. Taylor) and newer voices expanding the range of sound-related subjects, from underwater music to the politics of cochlear implants. Editors Pinch (sociologist of science and technology, Cornell) and Bijsterveld (historian of technology, science, and society, Maastricht Univ., Netherlands) are two of those leading scholars, responsible together and apart for some of the most important works in sound studies. Twenty-three essays are organized into seven sections; the writings span centuries and continents and cover sound in industry, science, medicine, the military, music, digital gaming, animation, advertising, radio, and online communities. A companion website features links to advertisements and a range of YouTube videos directly related to the essays, a feature that should be particularly attractive to undergraduates. The wealth of audiovisual examples in these links and the breadth of the topics covered make this handbook a valuable scholarly reference and teaching resource. Bibliographies and notes at the end of each essay and the comprehensive index increase the book's usefulness as a reference tool. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. S. Schmidt Horning St. John's University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Trevor Pinch is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University, and author or co-author of several books including Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer (2002, with Frank Trocco) and The Golem at Large: What You Should Know About Technology (1993, 1998, with Harry Collins). Karin Bijsterveld is Professor in the Department of Technology & Society Studies at Maastricht University, and author ofMechanical Sound: Technology, Culture and Public Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century (2008)