Noise : A Human History of Sound and Listening eBook

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.

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AUTHOR
David Hendy
FILESIZE
8,34 MB
PUBLISH DATE
13 Feb 2014
LANGUAGE
English
ISBN
9781781250907

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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.


Noise - A Human History and the British Library Noise was made in collaboration with the sound curators at the British Library. The British Library has a collection of 3.5 million sound recordings which come from all over the world and cover music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.