9780190632212-0190632216-Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in Theory and Practice

Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in Theory and Practice

ISBN-13: 9780190632212
ISBN-10: 0190632216
Edition: Reprint
Author: Kane, Brian
Publication date: 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 336 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780190632212
ISBN-10: 0190632216
Edition: Reprint
Author: Kane, Brian
Publication date: 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 336 pages

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Acknowledged authors Kane, Brian wrote Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in Theory and Practice comprising 336 pages back in 2016. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0190632216 and 9780190632212. Since then Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in Theory and Practice textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 4.64 or rent at the marketplace.

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Sound coming from outside the field of vision, from somewhere beyond, holds a privileged place in the Western imagination. When separated from their source, sounds seem to manifest transcendent realms, divine powers, or supernatural forces. According to legend, the philosopher Pythagoras lectured to his disciples from behind a veil, and two thousand years later, in the age of absolute music, listeners were similarly fascinated with disembodied sounds, employing various techniques to isolate sounds from their sources. With recording and radio came spatial and temporal separation of sounds from sources, and new ways of composing music.

Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in Theory and Practice explores the phenomenon of acousmatic sound. An unusual and neglected word, "acousmatic" was first introduced into modern parlance in the mid-1960s by avant garde composer of musique concr�te Pierre Schaeffer to describe the experience of hearing a sound without seeing its cause. Working through, and often against, Schaeffer's ideas, Brian Kane presents a powerful argument for the central yet overlooked role of acousmatic sound in music aesthetics, sound studies, literature, philosophy and the history of the senses. Kane investigates acousmatic sound from a number of methodological perspectives -- historical, cultural, philosophical and musical -- and provides a framework that makes sense of the many surprising and paradoxical ways that unseen sound has been understood. Finely detailed and thoroughly researched, Sound Unseen pursues unseen sounds through a stunning array of cases -- from Bayreuth to Kafka's "Burrow," Apollinaire to �i�ek, music and metaphysics to architecture and automata, and from Pythagoras to the present-to offer the definitive account of acousmatic sound in theory and practice.

The first major study in English of Pierre Schaeffer's theory of "acousmatics," Sound Unseen is an essential text for scholars of philosophy of music, electronic music, sound studies, and the history of the senses.

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