The Audible Past PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

The Audible Past free pdf "The Audible Past" explores the cultural origins of sound reproduction. It describes a distinctive sound culture that gave birth to the sound recording and 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, life and death. Blending cultural studies and the history of communication technology, Sterne follows modern sound technologies back through an 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.

About Jonathan Sterne

Jonathan Sterne teaches in the Department of Communication and the Program for Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He writes about media, technology, and the politics of culture, and is codirector of the online magazine" Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life."

Details Book

Author : Jonathan Sterne
Publisher : Duke University Press
Data Published : 01 April 2003
ISBN : 082233013X
EAN : 9780822330134
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 472 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews The Audible Past



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies free pdfThe Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies

    Written by the world's leading scholars and researchers in 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 Sound Studies Reader free pdfThe Sound Studies Reader

    The Sound Studies Reader is a groundbreaking anthology blending recent work that self-consciously describes itself as 'sound studies' along with earlier and lesser known scholarship on sound..


  • Game Sound free pdfGame Sound

    A distinguishing feature of video games is their interactivity. and sound plays an important role in this: a player's actions can trigger dialogue. sound effects. ambient sound. and music. And yet game sound has been neglected in the growing literature on game studies..


  • Keywords in Sound free pdfKeywords in Sound

    In twenty essays on subjects such as noise. acoustics. music. and silence. Keywords in Sound presents a definitive resource for sound studies. and a compelling argument for why studying sound matters..


  • Musical Imagery free pdfMusical Imagery

    An edited collection of papers which explore a large number of topics related to musical imagery. Musical imagery can be defined as our mental capacity for imagining sound in the absence of a directly-audible sound source..


  • The Audible Past free pdfThe Audible Past

    . "The Audible Past" explores the cultural origins of sound reproduction. It describes a distinctive sound culture that gave birth to the sound recording and transmission devices so ubiquitous in mode