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Sounding Bodies Sounding Worlds

An Exploration of Embodiments in Sound

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Breaks new ground by proposing a new, interdisciplinary theorization of sound based on a number of studies within the broad area of environment studies and acoustic ecology

  • Highly original and innovative by marking out new territory in theorizing our sonic understanding of the world

  • Highlights the divergence between scientific acoustic measurement, and thus interpretation, of the environment and current, accepted cultural theories to do with listening, experience, and embodiment

  • An interdisciplinary work which effectively engages with scholars, researchers in public engagement, the public and citizen scientists

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Sound (PASTS)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Sounding

    • Mickey Vallee
    Pages 1-23
  3. Sounding Voice

    • Mickey Vallee
    Pages 25-58
  4. Sounding Between Bodies

    • Mickey Vallee
    Pages 59-86
  5. Sounding Ecologies

    • Mickey Vallee
    Pages 87-109
  6. Sounding Data

    • Mickey Vallee
    Pages 111-144
  7. Sounding Place

    • Mickey Vallee
    Pages 145-174
  8. Conclusion: Sounding Worlds

    • Mickey Vallee
    Pages 175-190
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 191-220

About this book

What makes a body of sound appear as an aesthetic object as well as a method for knowledge? InSounding Bodies Sounding Worlds, Mickey Vallee argues that we must impose our sonic imagination onto the non-sonic, and embrace how we sound to ourselves, sound with our animal companions, and sound in very earth itself.  From the invention of the laryngoscope to the role of the spectrogram, from the call of the bird to the tumble of a rockslide, from the deep listening of environmental immersion to the computational listening of bioacoustics research, Vallee offers a wide range of cases to convincingly argue that all life shares in a continuous, embodied and ethical vibration.

Keywords

  • sound studies
  • sensory studies
  • Sonic Thinking
  • bioacoustics
  • soundscape ecology
  • new cultural theory of sound
  • listening
  • The New Sonic Cartographers
  • Citizen Science
  • Citizen Sensing
  • Citizen Sounding
  • sound technologies
  • posthuman philosophy
  • soundmapping
  • Félix Guattari
  • sonic immersion

Reviews

“Sound is always more than sound, more than waves and air pressure. From the visualisation of the body's sonic infrastructure to experimental vocals and acoustic embodiment, from the sonic emissions of animals to a deadly rockslide, Mickey Vallee provides a fascinating range of case studies that lead to new ways of learning about material systems. By expanding the thresholds of what can be named as sound, Sounding Bodies Sounding Worlds looks beyond the acoustic, beyond listening itself to ask: how does a world sound?” (Caleb Kelly, author of Gallery Sound (2017))

Authors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Canada

    Mickey Vallee

About the author

Mickey Vallee teaches in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at Athabasca University, where he holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Community, Identity and Digital Media. 

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eBook USD 84.99
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  • ISBN: 978-981-32-9327-4
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  • Readable on all devices
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Softcover Book USD 109.99
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Hardcover Book USD 109.99
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