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Acoustic Territories

Acoustic Territories

Author: Labelle Brandon
$34.00(AUD)  inc GST

This is a remarkable exploration of how sound permeates all aspects of life - from the streets to our homes, and from shopping malls to the underground. "Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life" offers an expansive reading of auditory life. It provides a careful consideration of the performative dynamics inherent to sound culture and acts of listening, and discusses how auditory studies may illuminate understandings of contemporary society. Combining research on urbanism, popular culture and auditory issues, "Acoustic Territories" opens up multiple perspectives - it challenges debates surrounding noise pollution and charts an 'acoustic politics of space' by unfolding auditory experience as located within larger cultural histories and related ideologies. Brandon LaBelle traces auditory life through a topographic structure: beginning with underground territories, through to the home as a site, and then further, to streets and neighborhoods, and finally to the sky itself. This structure follows sound as it appears in specific auditory designs, as it is mobilized within various cultural projects, and queries how it comes to circulate through everyday life as a medium for social transformation. "Acoustic Territories" uncovers the embedded tensions and potentiality inherent to sound as it exists in the everyday spaces around us.

"LaBelle, a sound artist and an academic, writes with a fluid brilliance about the way that sound interacts with the other elements of our experience with a kind of comprehension and comprehensiveness that can suggest Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media or Siegfried Giedion's Mechanization Takes Command, resulting in a visionary tome linking history, subcultures and street art. It's not a book about music per se, but it's hard to imagine a reading of it not interacting creatively with anyone's thinking on musical practice and meaning.LaBelle has a kind of accepting overview that I can't help admiring. It's too easy to simply decry noise pollution or the behavioural engineering of public space without actually exploring what a specific event might mean (e.g., how sound is wrapped up in identity and issues of private and public space), but LaBelle has the ability to keep thinking where many others would just react. It's an ability that makes this one of the more stimulating reads of the year."-Point of Departure
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General Fields

  • : 9781441161369
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : May 2010
  • : 228mm X 153mm X 18mm
  • : books

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  • : P
  • : 240
  • : Labelle Brandon