Sound, Media, Ecology (Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture)

Droumeva ( Milena Droumeva )
Jordan ( Randolph Jordan )
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This volume reads the global urban environment through mediated sonic practices to put a contemporary spin on acoustic ecology’s investigations at the intersection of space, cultures, technology, and the senses. Acoustic ecology is an interdisciplinary framework from the 1970s for documenting, analyzing, and transforming sonic environments: an early model of the cross-boundary thinking and multi-modal practices now common across the digital humanities. With the recent emergence of sound studies and the expansion of “ecological” thinking, there is an increased urgency to re-discover and contemporize the acoustic ecology tradition. This book serves as a comprehensive investigation into the ways in which current scholars working with sound are re-inventing acoustic ecology across diverse fields, drawing on acoustic ecology’s focus on sensory experience, place, and applied research, as well as attendance to mediatized practices in sounded space. From sounding out the Anthropocene, to rethinking our auditory media landscapes, to exploring citizenship and community, this volume brings the original acoustic ecology problem set into the contemporary landscape of sound studies.


1 Sound, Media, Ecology: Introduction in Three Acts 1
Milena Droumeva and Randolph Jordan

Section I Acoustic Ecology: Foundations and Critical Responses 19

2 Acoustic Ecology and the World Soundscape Project 21
Barry Truax

3 The Disruptive Nature of Listening: Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow 45
Hildegard Westerkamp

4 Local Eardonances: Raymond Murray Schafer’s Contribution to the History and Present-Day Practice of Noise Abatement 65
Karin Bijsterveld

5 Multimodal Scholarship in World Soundscape Project Composition: Toward a Different Media-Theoretical Legacy (Or: The WSP as OG DH) 85
Jonathan Sterne

Section II Environment and Community 111

6 Nothing Connects Us but Imagined Sound 113
Mitchell Akiyama

7 Havana’s Falling Tanks and Flooded Laneways: Examining the Acoustic Community 131
Vincent Andrisani

8 Acoustic Ecology and Ecological Sound Art: Listening to Changing Ecosystems 153
Leah Barclay

9 Listening to Renewable Energy Technologies 179
Linda O Keeffe

Section III Media and Society 197

10 The Uncanny Soundscapes of the Palestinian Exile: Rethinking Technics, Memory, and Sound 199
Özgün Eylül İşcen

11 Responsive Listening: Negotiating Cities of Sirens, Smartphones and Sensors 217
Sarah Barns

12 Listening to Traffic with Guts and Antennae 233
Andra McCartney

13 Acouscenic Listening 243
Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernström (Softday)

14 Evening of Sounds: Auditory Cultures in Radio Call-in Programmes 261
Heikki Uimonen 
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