Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening

Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening

by David Hendy

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Overview

Prehistoric drummers used natural acoustics to recreate natural sound. In classical Europe, orators turned the human voice into a lyrical instrument. In Buddhist temples, the icons' ears were exaggerated to represent their spiritual power. And in modern metropolises we are battered by the roar of sound that surrounds us.

In the first narrative history of the subject which puts humans at its centre, and following the author's major BBC Radio 4 series Noise, acclaimed historian David Hendy describes the history of noise - which is also the history of listening. As he puts it: 'By thinking about sound and listening, I want to get closer to what it felt like to live in the past.'

This unusual book reveals fascinating changes in how we have understood our fellow human beings and the world around us. For although we might see ourselves inhabiting a visual world, our lives are shaped by our need to hear and be heard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062283092
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 89,774
File size: 821 KB

About the Author

David Hendy is Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Sussex. His books include Life on Air: a History of Radio Four, which won the 2008 History Today-Longman Book of the Year Award and was nominated for the Orwell Prize.

David Hendy is 'Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Sussex. His books include Life on Air: a History of Radio Four, which won the 2008 History Today-Longman Book of the Year Award and was nominated for the Orwell Prize.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

I Prehistoric Voiceprints

1 Echoes in the Dark 3

2 The Beat of Drums 11

3 The Singing Wilderness 20

4 A Ritual Soundscape 28

5 The Rise of the Shamans 37

II The Age of Oratory

6 Epic Tales 51

7 Persuasion 61

8 Babble: The Noisy, Everyday World of Ancient Rome 72

9 The Roaring Crowd 82

10 The Ecstatic Underground 92

III Sounds of the Spirit and of Satan

11 The Bells 105

12 Tuning the Body 115

13 Heavenly Sounds 123

14 Carnival 134

15 Restraint 144

IV Power and Revolt

16 Colonists 157

17 Shutting In 167

18 Master and Servant 179

19 Slavery and Rebellion 190

20 Revolution and War 201

V The Rise of the Machines

21 The Conquering Engines: Industrial Revolution 213

22 The Beat of a Heart, the Tramp of a Fly 223

23 The New Art of Listening 232

24 Life in the City 242

25 Capturing Sound 254

VI The Amplified Age

26 Shell Shock 269

27 Radio Everywhere! 282

28 Music While You Shop, Music While You Work 294

29 An Ever Noisier World 304

30 The Search for Silence 313

Epilogue 323

Acknowledgements 333

Notes 336

Index 369

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