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The Sonic Persona


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I. The Materialization of Sound: A Research History 1. Quantifying Sound 2. Materializing Listening 3. Corporealizing the Senses II. The Sonic Persona: An Anthropology of Sound 4. In Auditory Dispositives 5. The Sonic Persona 6. A Sensory Corpus III. The Precision of Sensibility: A Political Critique 7. The Precision of Sensibility 8. Resistance and Resonance 9. Generativity

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A critical study of some of the most influential theories in sound and an interrogation of how humans interact with individualized sonic environments.

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Holger Schulze is full professor in musicology at the University of Copenhagen and principal investigator at the Sound Studies Lab. He is the author of numerous volumes, articles, radio features on the field of Sound & Sensory Studies.


[The Sonic Persona] is well-written and discusses important issues in a manner that is thoroughly thought-provoking ... [It] opens up so many new ways of dealing with sound and sensory experience, that I regularly almost yelled at the pages: "Yes! Tell me more!" * Journal of Sonic Studies *
This is a wonderfully iconoclastic book, widely eclectic and learned. Written in the spirit of its sonic heirs, Kodwo Eshun and Michel Serres, it proffers an anthropology of sound like no other. It engages the reader in what Schulze poetically calls the art of receiving sound that is alert to the cultural, political, bodily and material nature of sonic practices. In doing so the book shifts and widens our understanding of the practices of sound and the art of writing about it. * Michael Bull, Professor of Sound Studies, University of Sussex, UK *
The Sonic Persona is a groundbreaking work. While most works pay lip service to thinking about the senses and the sensorium, Schulze actually mobilises these ideas to challenge the ways we think and talk about sound. While we have had a generation of thought about the impossibility of objectivity and what a thoughtful, subjective scholarship might look like, The Sonic Persona enacts that critique and forges a path for genuinely scholarly, rigorous subjective analysis. Anyone who wants to study sound, music, audiovisuality, or multimodal arts practices will have to read this book. Perhaps most importantly, they'll want to. * Anahid Kassabian, author of Hearing Film (2001) and Ubiquitous Listening (2013) *
By incorporating and reflecting on a wide range of philosophers, theorists and artists as well as anecdotal tales and first-hand descriptions of daily impressions, the book is both an example of the sonic person in action and the theoretical considerations behind it. * Seismograf *
The Sonic Persona: An Anthropology of Sound is therefore a book that is not only to be read in the field of audio research and musicology but that is relevant to anyone with an interest in technology, in people and how they experience the world. * Science Report *
What do certain sounds and listening habits tell about their respective time, society, production conditions, politics? In his latest book [Holger Schulze] examines what constitutes or could constitute a ("our") Sonic Personality. -- Katja Kullmann * Die Tageszeitung *

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