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Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening

 
 
Author
David Hendy.
Publisher Ecco  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780062283078
Pages/Publication Date 382/2013
Daedalus Item Code 53238
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What if history had a sound track? What would it tell us about ourselves? Based on a BBC Radio series, Noise explores human dramas from the perspective of sound at various times in the last 100,000 years. David Hendy is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society as well as a James W. Carey Award–winning journalist and producer for the BBC. Breaking up the history of sound into prehistoric noise, the age of oratory, the sounds of religion, the sounds of power and revolt, the rise of machines, and what he calls our "amplified age," Hendy teases out continuities and breaches in our long relationship with sound in order to bring new meaning to the human story.

"A social history of sound from the Paleolithic to the present—David Hendy reconstructs the acoustic environments of our ancestors and contemporaries in words, conjuring them to life for the mind's ear. Brilliant and thought-provoking—curl up somewhere noisy and enjoy."—Nigel Warburton

"Highly enjoyable and thought-provoking.... Hendy does a great job of reconstructing a whole range of long-gone sound worlds—and, importantly, he makes clear what is assumption, what is fact and what is guesswork, while still presenting his descriptions in an evocative way."—Irish Times

 
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