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Perspectives on Sound

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ISBN 9780367487423
April 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Earshot: Perspectives on Sound awakens an understanding of the decisive role that sound has played in history and culture.

Although beginning with reference to antiquity, the primary focus is the changing status of sound and hearing in Western culture over the last six hundred years, covering the transition from the medieval period to the contemporary world. Since mythic times, sound has been an essential element in the formation of belief systems, personal and community identities and the negotiations between them. The varied case studies included in the book cover major reference points in the changing politics of sound, particularly in relation to the status of the other major conduit of social transactions, vision.

Earshot is not a work of cultural theory but is anchored in social practices and material culture and is therefore a valuable resource for conveying sound to both undergraduate students as well as the general reader.

Table of Contents

1. Acoustemology: Listening to Cultural History  2. Sound in Cultural History  3. From Hearing to Seeing  4. The Pulpit and the Playhouse  5. Hamlet - The world is out of joint  6. Print triumphant  7. The Aural Renaissance  8. The Aural Renaissance and Cultural Change  9. Sound in the contemporary world  10. The modern soundscape, social welfare and policy

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Bruce Johnson was formerly a professor of English, and now holds honorary professorships in a range of disciplines including Music, Cultural History and Communications at Glasgow, Turku and University of Technology Sydney. Co-founder of Finland’s International Institute for Popular Culture, his academic publications number several hundred, including over a dozen books, mainly on jazz, sound studies and film music. He has also acted as a government advisor on arts policy and is an active jazz musician.