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Soundscape : Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World (94 Edition)

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The soundscape--a term coined by the author--is our sonic environment, the ever-present array of noises with which we all live. Beginning with the primordial sounds of nature, we have experienced an ever-increasing complexity of our sonic surroundings. As civilization develops, new noises rise up around us: from the creaking wheel, the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer, and the distant chugging of steam trains to the “sound imperialism” of airports, city streets, and factories. The author contends that we now suffer from an overabundance of acoustic information and a proportionate diminishing of our ability to hear the nuances and subtleties of sound. Our task, he maintains, is to listen, analyze, and make distinctions.

As a society we have become more aware of the toxic wastes that can enter our bodies through the air we breathe and the water we drink. In fact, the pollution of our sonic environment is no less real. Schafer emphasizes the importance of discerning the sounds that enrich and feed us and using them to create healthier environments. To this end, he explains how to classify sounds, appreciating their beauty or ugliness, and provides exercises and “soundwalks” to help us become more discriminating and sensitive to the sounds around us. This book is a pioneering exploration of our acoustic environment, past and present, and an attempt to imagine what it might become in the future.

Synopsis:

Schafer contends that we suffer from an overabundance of acoustic information and explores ways to restore our ability to hear the nuances of sounds around us. This book is a pioneering exploration of our acoustic environment, past and present, and an attempt to imagine what it might become.

About the Author

A well-known Canadian composer, R. Murray Schafer is the author of several books, including The Music of the Environment.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Part One: First Soundscapes

One: The Natural Soundscape

Two: The Sounds of Life

Three: The Rural Soundscape

Four: From Town to City

Part Two: The Post-Industrial Soundscape

Five: The Industrial Revolution

Six: The Electric Revolution

Interlude

Seven: Music, the Soundscape and Changing Perceptions

Part Three: Analysis

Eight: Notation

Nine: Classification

Ten: Perception

Eleven: Morphology

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892814558
Author:
Schafer, R. Murray
Publisher:
Destiny Books
Location:
Rochester, Vt. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
Sound
Subject:
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Theory
Subject:
Mental & Spiritual Healing
Subject:
Music-Theory and Composition
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
7914
Publication Date:
19931031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15.715 oz

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