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John Mowitt

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284623

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284623.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction

John Mowitt

University of California Press

This chapter provides an overview of the emergence of sound studies. According to Trevor Pinch and Karin Bijsterveld, editors of “Sound Studies: New Technologies and Music,” “Sound Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary area that studies the material production and consumption of music, noise, silence and how these have changed throughout history and within different societies, but does so from a much wider perspective than standard disciplines such as ethnomusicology, history of music and the sociology of music.” This book presents a different approach to sound studies. It deliberates whether the conceptual construct of the audit helps people think about the degree to which sound, and the very distinction between hearing and listening, belong to a materialization of discourse with which academic intellectuals are intimate—discipline.

Keywords:   sound studies, music, noise, silence, ethnomusicology, history of music, sociology of music, audit, hearing, listening

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