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The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies


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Contributors List of Figures Introduction: New Keys to the World of Sound - Trevor Pinch and Karin Bijsterveld SECTION I: REWORKING MACHINE SOUND: SHOP FLOOR & TEST SITES 1. The Garden in the Machine: Listening to Early American Industrialization - Mark M. Smith 2. Turning a Deaf Ear? Industrial Noise and Noise Control in Germany since the 1920s - Hans-Joachim Braun 3. "Sobbing, whining, rumbling": Listening to Automobiles as Social Practice - Stefan Krebs 4. Selling Sound: Testing, Designing, and Marketing Sound in the European Car Industry - Eefje Cleophas and Karin Bijsterveld SECTION II: STAGING SOUND FOR SCIENCE AND ART: THE FIELD 5. Sound Sterile: Making Scientific Field Recordings in Ornithology - Joeri Bruyninckx 6. Underwater Music: Tuning Composition to the Sounds of Science - Stefan Helmreich 7. A Grey Box: The Phonograph in Laboratory Experiments and Field Work, 1900-1920 - Julia Kursell SECTION III. STAGING SOUND FOR SCIENCE AND ART: THE LAB 8. From Scientific Instruments to Musical Instruments: The Tuning Fork, Metronome, and Siren - Myles W. Jackson 9. Conversions: Sound and Sight, Military and Civilian - Cyrus Mody 10. The Search for the 'Killer Application': Drawing the Boundaries Around the Sonification of Scientific Data - Alexandra Supper SECTION IV: SPEAKING FOR THE BODY: THE CLINIC 11. Inner and Outer Sancta: Ear Plugs and Hospitals - Hillel Schwartz 12. Sounding Bodies: Medical Studies and the Acquisition of Stethoscopic Perspectives - Tom Rice 13. Do Signals Have Politics? Inscribing Abilities in Cochlear Implants - Mara Mills SECTION V: EDITING SOUND: THE DESIGN STUDIO 14. Sound and Player Immersion in Digital Games - Mark Grimshaw 15. The Sonic Playpen: Sound Design and Technology in Pixar's Animated Shorts - William Whittington 16. The Avant-garde in the Family Room: American Advertising and the Domestication of Electronic Music in the 1960s and 1970s - Timothy Taylor SECTION VI: CONSUMING SOUND AND MUSIC: THE HOME AND BEYOND 17. Visibly Audible: The Radio Dial as Mediating Interface - Andreas Fickers 18. From Listening to Distribution: Non-official Music Practices in Hungary and Czechoslovakia from the 1960s to the 1980s - Trever Hagen with Tia DeNora 19.The Amateur in the Age of Mechanical Music - Mark Katz 20. Online Music Sites as Sonic Sociotechnical Communities: Identity, Reputation, and Technology at - Trevor Pinch and Katherine Athanasiades SECTION VII: MOVING SOUND AND MUSIC: DIGITAL STORAGE 21. Analog turns Digital: Hip-hop, Technology, and the Maintenance of Racial Authenticity - Ray Fouche 22. iPod Culture: The Toxic Pleasures of Audiotopia - Michael Bull 23. The Recording that Never Wanted to be Heard, and Other Stories of Sonification - Jonathan Sterne and Mitchell Akiyama Index

About the Author

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 of Science, Technology and Modern Culture at Maastricht University. She is author of Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture and Public Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century (2008), and co-editor of Sound Souvenirs: Audio Technologies, Memory and Cultural Practices (2009, with Jose van Dijck).


"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...Essential." --Choice "Discusses persuasively a breadth of sounds--birdsong to underwater music to television advertising--current-day digital practices for sound in video games, movies, iPods, and computers, and challenges readers (and researchers) to rethink the way they hear and understand the world." --Leonardo

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