Acoustic communication / Barry Truax.

by Truax, BarryLooking glass.

Series: Communication and information science: Publisher: Norwood, N.J. : Ablex Publishing Corporation., [1984]Description: xxi,244 pages ; 23cm.ISBN: 0893912638; 0893913073.Subject(s): CommunicationLooking glass | Electro-acousticsLooking glass | SoundLooking glassNote: Bibliograhy, pageIncludes indexes.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This book draws upon many traditional disciplines that deal with specific aspects of sound, and presents material within an inter-disciplinary framework. It establishes a model for understanding all acoustic and aural experiences both in their traditional forms and as they have been radically altered in this century by technology.

Bibliograhy, page

Includes indexes.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. xi)
  • Handbook for Acoustic Ecology: CD-ROM Edition (p. xiii)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xv)
  • Introduction to the First Edition (p. xvii)
  • I. Sound, Listening, and Soundscape
  • 1. Acoustic Tradition and the Communicational Approach: Energy Transfer and Information Processing (p. 3)
  • The Energy Transfer Model (p. 4)
  • Signal Processing (p. 9)
  • A Communicational Approach (p. 11)
  • 2. The Listener (p. 15)
  • Hearing and Listening (p. 15)
  • Listening to the Past (p. 19)
  • Listening-in-Search and Listening-in-Readiness (p. 21)
  • Background Listening and the Keynote Sound (p. 24)
  • Listener Preferences and Attitudes (p. 27)
  • 3. Voice and Soundmaking (p. 33)
  • Voice and the Whole Person (p. 34)
  • Paralanguage (p. 38)
  • Soundmaking in Pairs and Groups (p. 42)
  • 4. Systems of Acoustic Communication: Speech, Music, and Soundscape (p. 49)
  • The Continuum (p. 50)
  • The Model (p. 55)
  • The Brain (p. 59)
  • 5. The Acoustic Community (p. 65)
  • Characteristics of the Acoustic Community (p. 66)
  • Variety, Complexity, and Balance (p. 76)
  • Some Case Studies (p. 83)
  • 6. Noise and the Urban Soundscape (p. 93)
  • Noise and Acoustic Communication (p. 94)
  • Interlude: The "Deaf Spots" of Noise (p. 98)
  • The Path Toward Change (p. 105)
  • 7. Acoustic Design (p. 109)
  • Variety and Coherence (p. 110)
  • Conclusion (p. 115)
  • II. Electroacoustics--The Impact of Technology on Acoustic Communication
  • 8. Electroacoustic Communication: Breaking Constraints (p. 121)
  • The New Tools: Extensions or Transformations? (p. 123)
  • Space and Loudness (p. 125)
  • Time and Repetition (p. 128)
  • Objectification and Commodity (p. 131)
  • Schizophonia (p. 134)
  • 9. Electrification: The New Soundscape (p. 137)
  • Redundancy and Uniformity (p. 137)
  • Dynamic Behavior (p. 142)
  • Response Characteristics (p. 145)
  • Analog and Digital (p. 153)
  • 10. The Listener As Consumer (p. 159)
  • Extension and Simplification (p. 160)
  • Analytical and Distracted Listening (p. 163)
  • Consumerism (p. 170)
  • 11. The Electroacoustic Media: Audio Mediation (p. 177)
  • Form and Content in Radio (p. 179)
  • Radio Structure (p. 181)
  • Characteristics of Radio Formats (p. 200)
  • 12. The Acoustic Community As Market (p. 205)
  • Redefinition of the Acoustic Community (p. 205)
  • Electroacoustic Sound in the Community (p. 207)
  • The International Audio Industry (p. 213)
  • 13. Regaining Control: Electroacoustic Alternatives (p. 217)
  • Recording and the Document in Sound (p. 218)
  • Text-Sound, Electroacoustic Music, and the Soundscape Composition (p. 227)
  • Conclusion (p. 241)
  • 14. Electroacoustic Design (p. 243)
  • Principles of Electroacoustic Design (p. 244)
  • Design of the Compositional System (p. 250)
  • Conclusion (p. 256)
  • Discography (p. 259)
  • References (p. 263)
  • Index (p. 277)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Truax attempts to describe in the most general terms the interdependence of sound sources, the surrounding environment, and the listener. His two major areas of discussion therefore are communication through sound and the natural impediments to such communication (principally noise), and improvements in communication, which may be passive (acoustic design) or active (electroacoustic techniques). Although typical treatises on acoustics usually emphasize the transfer of acoustic power, this one emphasizes the transfer of information and is more concerned with philosophy than with technology. It is well written, with many bibliographic references, but more illustrations would ease our understanding. There are not many other books available in this field; R.M. Schafer's The Tuning of the World (CH, Dec '77) is probably the best. In addition to its general interest, Truax's book would be most suitable as a graduate-level reference source for musicians and urban designers.-H.C. Roberts, University of Colorado

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Barry Truax is a Professor in both the School of Communication and the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University