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Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Douglas Kahn


Earth Sound Earth Signal is a study of energies in aesthetics and the arts from the birth of modern communications in the nineteenth century to the global transmissions of the present day. Grounded in the Aeolian sphere music that Henry David Thoreau heard blowing in telegraph lines and in the Aelectrosonic sounds of natural radio that Thomas Watson heard in telephone lines, the book moves through the histories of science, media, music, and the arts to the 1960s, when the composer Alvin Lucier worked with the “natural electromagnetic sounds” present from “brainwaves to outer space,” through th ... More

Keywords: nature sound, music and nature, experimental music, electronic music, telegraph history, telephone history, radio history, media archaeology, media theory, science and art, science and music, atomic culture, eco-theory, natural radio, earthquake sounds, seismology and music, Aeolian, Aelectrosonic, Henry David Thoreau, Alvin Lucier, Joyce Hinterding, Pauline Oliveros, Gordon Mumma, John Cage, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, James Turrell, Robert Barry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520257801
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Kahn, author