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Kruth, Patricia, 1954-
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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v, 235 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Re-sounding silences / Philip Peek -- The physics of sound / Charles Taylor -- Hearing / Jonathan Ashmore -- Sounds natural : the song of birds / Peter Slater -- The sounds of speech / Peter Ladefoged -- Ancestral voices / Christopher Page -- Shaping sound / Brian Ferneyhough -- Sound worlds / Steven Feld -- Audio-vision and sound / Michel Chion.
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This highly informative and fascinating book brings together perspectives on sound by leading experts from a wide variety of disciplines. These include anthropology, physiology, zoology, physics, music, phonetics and film. Through crossing disciplinary boundaries, the volume hopes to inspire a richer and more creative approach to the acoustic world. Whilst aiming for a general audience and presented in an accessible style, several chapters also represent important contributions within their own disciplines or will serve as core texts for students. The sequence of nine chapters passes from cultural perspectives on silence, via the physics of sound, physiology of the ear, songs of birds, and sounds of human speech, to music. From the reconstruction of medieval music, via twentieth-century composition and the music of the Kaluli of Papua New Guinea, the volume concludes with the role of sound in film. Life will never sound the same again.

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Sound, based on the Darwin College Lectures, is an interesting book. Editors Kruth and Stobart have nicely integrated the nine well-written chapters by different lecturers in this multifaceted description of sound. Philip Peck's "Resounding Silences" describes the importance of silence in natural and social environment. Charles Taylor's "Physics of Sound" discusses the issue of noise versus music and describes the various scientific and technical aspects of sound. Jonathan Ashmore's chapter treats hearing, with emphasis on the cochlea and its role, and discusses the behavior of the ear as receiver and emitter. Bird singing is addressed in Peter Slater's "Natural Sounds." The acoustical role of languages in both communication and knowledge representation is described by Peter Ladefoged in "Sounds of Speech." Christopher Page treats the reconstruction of voices from history in "Ancestral Voices." Brian Ferneyhough describes the integration of sound, music, and sociocultural environments in "Shaping Sound." Steven Feld presents the expression of global diversity in world music and the resulting "acoustemology," referring to knowledge through sound in "Sound Worlds." In "Audio-Vision and Sound," Michael Chion describes the important role of sound in audio-visual design of sound space and cinemas. A useful and welcome book. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals. M. G. Prasad; Stevens Institute of Technology

Table of Contents

Introduction Patricia Kruth and Henry Stobart
1 Re-sounding silence Philip Peek
2 The physics of sound Charles Taylor
3 Hearing Jonathan Ashmore
4 Sounds natural: the song of birds Peter Slater
5 The sounds of speech Peter Ladefoged
6 Ancestral voices Christopher Page
7 Shaping sound Brian Ferneyhough
8 Sound worlds Steven Feld
9 Audio-vision and sound Michel Chion