The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies is an extensive volume presenting a comparative and historically informed understanding of the workings of sound in culture, while also mapping potential future directions for research in the field. Experts from a variety of disciplines within sound studies cover such diverse topics as politics, gender, media, race, literature and sport. Individual sections that consider the importance of sound in an increasingly mediated world; the role that sound media play in the construction of experience; and the ways in which sound has been theorized to produce a distinctive sensory contribution to knowledge.
This wide-ranging and vibrant collection provides a rich resource for scholars and students of media and culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Sound Studies and the Art of Listening
Section 1 Introduction: Sonic Epistemologies and Debates
- Holger Schulze: Sound As Theory 1863 – 2014: From Hermann von Helmholtz to Salome Voeglin
- Mark Grimshaw: What is Sound Studies?
- David Howes: Embodiment and the Senses
- Nina Sun Eidsheim: Multisensory Investigation of Sound, Body and Voice.
- Neil Verma: The Return to Sound Aesthetics
- Christabel Stirling: Sound, Affect, Politics
- Richard Rath: Silence and Noise
- Karin Bijsterveld: Sound Waves of Protest: Noise Abatement Movements
- David Goodman: Propaganda and Sound
- Alex Corey: Sounding Out Racial Difference
- Marie Thompson: Gendered Sound
- Amanda Cachia: Mapping Hearing Impairment: Sound/Tracks in the Corner Space
- Jonathan Pieslak: Sound and terrorism: Exploring the World of the Islamic State
- John M. Picker: The Turning of a Word: Soundscape to Soundscapes
- Tim Edensor: The Sonic Rhythms of Place
- Bennett Hogg: Geographies of Silence
- Meri Kyto: Public and Private Space: Sound Transformations
- Yiu-Fai Chow: Diaspora as Method. Music as Hope
- Salome Voeglin: Technologies of Sound Art
- Carolyn Birdsall: Found in Translation: Recording, Storing and Writing of sounds
- Shannon Mattern: Sonic Archaeologies
- Blake Durham: Curating Online Sounds
- Tom Rice: Ethnographies of Sound
- Frauke Berendt: Soundwalking
- Paul Nataraj: Surface Tension: Sheena and Bowie’s ‘Station to Station’ as Palimpsest.
- Julian Henriques and Hillegonda C Rietveld: Echo
- Thor Magnusson: Sound and Music in Networked Media
- Louis Neibur: Ordinary and Avant-Garde Sound in British Radio’s Early Years.
- Jacob Smith: Remastering the Recording Angel
- Alex Russo: Radio Sound
- Tom Artiss: Structures of Sonic feeling.
- Cara Wallis: Gender and the Telephonic Voice.
- James Mansell: Ways of Hearing: Sound, Culture and History
Section 2Introduction: Sonic Conflicts, Concepts and Culture
Section 3Introduction: Sonic Spaces and Places
Section 4 Introduction: Sonic Skills: Finding, Recording and Researching.
Section 5 Introduction: Technology, Culture and Sonic Experience.
Section 6 Introduction: Sound Connections
Michael Bull is Professor of Sound Studies at the University of Sussex. His works include Sounding Out the City: Personal Stereos and the Management of Everyday life (2000) and Sound Moves: iPod Culture and Urban Experience (2007) He has just completed a monograph on Sirens and is presently writing a monograph on Reinterpreting the Sounds of World War 1. He is the co-founding editor of the journals Senses and Society and Sound Studies (both with Routledge) and is editor of the book series The Study of Sound.