+612 9045 4394
 
CHECKOUT
$7.95 Delivery per order to Australia and New Zealand
100% Australian owned
Over a hundred thousand in-stock titles ready to ship
Soundscape : Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World - R. Murray Schafer

Soundscape

Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World

Paperback Published: 1st October 1993
ISBN: 9780892814558
Number Of Pages: 320

Other Formats

Share This Book:

Paperback

RRP $33.95
$27.75
18%
OFF
Ships in 7 to 10 business days

Earn 56 Qantas Points
on this Book

The soundscape--a term coined by the author--is our sonic environment, the ever-present array of noises with which we all live. Beginning with the primordial sounds of nature, we have experienced an ever-increasing complexity of our sonic surroundings. As civilization develops, new noises rise up around us: from the creaking wheel, the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer, and the distant chugging of steam trains to the “sound imperialism” of airports, city streets, and factories. The author contends that we now suffer from an overabundance of acoustic information and a proportionate diminishing of our ability to hear the nuances and subtleties of sound. Our task, he maintains, is to listen, analyze, and make distinctions.

As a society we have become more aware of the toxic wastes that can enter our bodies through the air we breathe and the water we drink. In fact, the pollution of our sonic environment is no less real. Schafer emphasizes the importance of discerning the sounds that enrich and feed us and using them to create healthier environments. To this end, he explains how to classify sounds, appreciating their beauty or ugliness, and provides exercises and “soundwalks” to help us become more discriminating and sensitive to the sounds around us. This book is a pioneering exploration of our acoustic environment, past and present, and an attempt to imagine what it might become in the future.

Industry Reviews

" . . . an unusual sensory experience that will raise your consciousness of the soundscape to a level of? sensitivity you never experienced before." ???? & quot; . . . an unusual sensory experience that will raise your consciousness of the soundscape to a level of? sensitivity you never experienced before.& quot; ???? ," . . an unusual sensory experience that will raise your consciousness of the soundscape to a level of sensitivity you never experienced before." " . . . an unusual sensory experience that will raise your consciousness of the soundscape to a level of sensitivity you never experienced before."

ISBN: 9780892814558
ISBN-10: 0892814551
Series: No
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 1993
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.1  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.41

Earn 56 Qantas Points
on this Book