The Soundscape of Modernity
Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933
By (author) Emily Thompson
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Soundscape of Modernity by Emily Thompson
Book DescriptionIn this history of aural culture in early-twentieth-century America, Emily Thompson charts dramatic transformations in what people heard and how they listened. What they heard was a new kind of sound that was the product of modern technology. They listened as newly critical consumers of aural commodities. By examining the technologies that produced this sound, as well as the culture that enthusiastically consumed it, Thompson recovers a lost dimension of the Machine Age and deepens our understanding of the experience of change that characterized the era. Reverberation equations, sound meters, microphones, and acoustical tiles were deployed in places as varied as Boston's Symphony Hall, New York's office skyscrapers, and the soundstages of Hollywood. The control provided by these technologies, however, was applied in ways that denied the particularity of place, and the diverse spaces of modern America began to sound alike as a universal new sound predominated. Although this sound -- clear, direct, efficient, and nonreverberant -- had little to say about the physical spaces in which it was produced, it speaks volumes about the culture that created it. By listening to it, Thompson constructs a compelling new account of the experience of modernity in America.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262701068
(229mm x 203mm x 28mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Emily Thompson
Emily Thompson is a Professor of History at Princeton University.
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