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Sounds: The Ambient Humanities

John Mowitt


This book is a study of sounds that aims to write the resonance and response they call for. It seeks to critique existing models in the expanding field of sound studies and draw attention to sound as an object of study that solicits a humanistic approach encompassing many types of sounds, not just readily classified examples such as speech, music, industrial sounds, or codified signals. The text looks into the fact that beyond hearing and listening we “audit” sounds and do so by drawing on paradigms of thought not easily accommodated within the concept of “sound studies.” To draw attention to ... More

Keywords: sounds, resonance, response, humanistic approach, speech, industrial sounds, hearing, sound studies, dialogue, privacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520284623
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Mowitt, author
University of Leeds

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