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The Audible Past
Title : The Audible Past
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ISBN : 082233013X
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 472 pages

The Audible Past explores the cultural origins of sound reproduction It describes a distinctive sound culture that gave birth to the sound recording and the transmission devices so ubiquitous in modern life With an ear for the unexpected, scholar and musician Jonathan Sterne uses the technological and cultural precursors of telephony, phonography, and radio as an entry p The Audible Past explores the cultural origins of sound reproduction It describes a distinctive sound culture that gave birth to the sound recording and the transmission devices so ubiquitous in modern life With an ear for the unexpected, scholar and musician Jonathan Sterne uses the technological and cultural precursors of telephony, phonography, and radio as an entry point into a history of sound in its own right Sterne studies the constantly shifting boundary between phenomena organized as sound and not sound In The Audible Past, this history crisscrosses the liminal regions between bodies and machines, originals and copies, nature and culture, and life and death Blending cultural studies and the history of communication technology, Sterne follows modern sound technologies back through a historical labyrinth Along the way, he encounters capitalists and inventors, musicians and philosophers, embalmers and grave robbers, doctors and patients, deaf children and their teachers, professionals and hobbyists, folklorists and tribal singers The Audible Past tracks the connections between the history of sound and the defining features of modernity from developments in medicine, physics, and philosophy to the tumultuous shifts of industrial capitalism, colonialism, urbanization, modern technology, and the rise of a new middle class.A provocative history of sound, The Audible Past challenges theoretical commonplaces such as the philosophical privilege of the speaking subject, the visual bias in theories of modernity, and static descriptions of nature It will interest those in cultural studies, media and communication studies, the new musicology, and the history of technology


The Audible Past Reviews

  • Travis

    I was really excited to find this book For a long while I have been interested in the history of the senses The way that the five senses that are available to us have been used, felt, ignored in history what kinds of knowledge they have been used to get or have been seen to enable, how they have entered language I see , enlightenment , that really resonated with me of course visual metaphors predominate Most writing on the history of the senses dwells on vision, and the history of mode I was rea [...]

  • Matthew Somoroff

    This is an engaging read about the rise of sound recording reproduction technologies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries Sterne theorizes nearly every analytic move he makes His analysis always attempts to relate sound and technology to cultural and social trends of the time he writes about Cultural studies the way it should be done.

  • Olga Nikolaeva

    Good and solid academic writing Recommended to anyone interested in history of senses, technologies, music production and, in some extent, medicine I did doubt some of his ideas but it s of my personal understanding of a sound production than a contradiction with Sterne s ideas.

  • Gyewon

    i love jonathan s writing no jargon, no pretending, but quite persuasive he has such a powerful skill to structure his logic very neatly and elegantly importantly, it leads me to rethink photographic reproduction through, and in conjunction with, sound reproduction

  • Elizabeth

    Fascinating topica little repetitivebut I guess that s academia for you.

  • Cambra

    50 pages in, inspired this year s halloween costume.