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Douglas Kahn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257801

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257801.001.0001

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The Aelectrosonic and Energetic Environments

The Aelectrosonic and Energetic Environments

(p.53) 4 The Aelectrosonic and Energetic Environments
Earth Sound Earth Signal

Douglas Kahn

University of California Press

Given that mechanics (acoustics) and electromagnetism are basic forms of energy and that naturally occurring energies of both types can be heard in telegraph and telephone lines, an electromagnetic equivalent of the Aeolian is introduced—the Aelectrosonic—to account for aesthetic and musical engagements of nature sounds in telecommunications technologies. The distinction of transduction-in-degree versus transduction-in-kind is introduced as a means to understanding the movement from one energy state to the next in physical and physiological settings. The vagary between nature and technology in the Aelectrosonic is applied to notions of acoustical and electronic musical instruments. Naturally occurring Aelectrosonics are discussed in terms of the sounds of atmospheric electricity, polar auroras, and magnetic storms.

Keywords:   Aelectrosonic, Aeolian, telephone sounds, transduction, nature sounds, aurora sounds, atmospheric electricity, earth currents, magnetic storms, music and technology

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