Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in theTwentieth Century (Inside Technology)

4 avg rating
( 3 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780262026390: Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in theTwentieth Century (Inside Technology)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Since the late nineteenth century, the sounds of technology have been the subject of complaints, regulation, and legislation. By the early 1900s, antinoise leagues in Western Europe and North America had formed to fight noise from factories, steam trains, automobiles, and gramophones, with campaigns featuring conferences, exhibitions, and "silence weeks." And, as Karin Bijsterveld points out in Mechanical Sound, public discussion of noise has never died down and continues today. In this book, Bijsterveld examines the persistence of noise on the public agenda, looking at four episodes of noise and the public response to it in Europe and the United States between 1875 and 1975: industrial noise, traffic noise, noise from neighborhood radios and gramophones, and aircraft noise. She also looks at a twentieth-century counterpoint to complaints about noise: the celebration of mechanical sound in avant-garde music composed between the two world wars. Bijsterveld argues that the rise of noise from new technology combined with overlapping noise regulations created what she calls a "paradox of control." Experts and politicians promised to control some noise, but left other noise problems up to citizens. Aircraft noise, for example, measured in formulas understandable only by specialists, was subject to public regulation; the sounds of noisy neighborhoods were the responsibility of residents themselves. In addition, Bijsterveld notes, the spatial character of anti-noise interventions that impose zones and draw maps, despite the ability of sound to cross borders and boundaries, has helped keep noise a public problem. We have tried to create islands of silence, she writes, yet we have left a sea of sounds to be fiercely discussed.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Karin Bijsterveld is Professor of Science, Technology, and Modern Culture at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Review:

"Complaints about noise are as much a part of modern sound culture as noise itself, and yet we know little of the history of noise. Karin Bijsterveld's Mechanical Sound changes all that; it is unprecedented in topic and scope. At once episodic and ambitious, Mechanical Sound places noise as one of those 'modern problems' that reformers, legislators, and scholars have tried -- unsuccessfully -- to control. The book shows how decades of reform, measurement and regulation attempts have resulted in a mélange of noise practices and expectations, rather than a fantasyland of peace and harmony. Bijsterveld provides a meaningful alternative to the pieties of noise criticism, whether they come from public health literature or soundscape artists. Because of its range and originality, Mechanical Sound will change the way scholars across the disciplines talk about 'noise' and 'silence'." -- Jonathan Sterne, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, and author of The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Karin Bijsterveld
ISBN 10: 0262026392 ISBN 13: 9780262026390
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. Since the late nineteenth century, the sounds of technology have been the subject of complaints, regulation, and legislation. By the early 1900s, antinoise leagues in Western Europe and No.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 350 pages. 0.739. Seller Inventory # 9780262026390

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 61.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Karin Bijsterveld
Published by The MIT Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 0262026392 ISBN 13: 9780262026390
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The MIT Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0262026392

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 81.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Bijsterveld, Karin
Published by The MIT Press
ISBN 10: 0262026392 ISBN 13: 9780262026390
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ohmsoft LLC
(Lake Forest, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The MIT Press. Condition: New. Hardcover. Worldwide shipping. FREE fast shipping inside USA (express 2-3 day delivery also available). Tracking service included. Ships from United States of America. Seller Inventory # 0262026392

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 89.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Karin Bijsterveld
Published by The MIT Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 0262026392 ISBN 13: 9780262026390
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The MIT Press, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0262026392

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 93.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Karin Bijsterveld
ISBN 10: 0262026392 ISBN 13: 9780262026390
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AussieBookSeller
(SILVERWATER, NSW, Australia)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. Since the late nineteenth century, the sounds of technology have been the subject of complaints, regulation, and legislation. By the early 1900s, antinoise leagues in Western .Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 350 pages. 0.739. Seller Inventory # 9780262026390

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 60.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 37.00
From Australia to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Bijsterveld, Karin
Published by The MIT Press
ISBN 10: 0262026392 ISBN 13: 9780262026390
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The MIT Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0262026392 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0062702

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 94.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Bijsterveld, Karin
Published by Mit Pr (2008)
ISBN 10: 0262026392 ISBN 13: 9780262026390
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mit Pr, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition, edition. 368 pages. 9.00x7.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0262026392

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 93.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.40
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Bijsterveld, Karin
Published by The MIT Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 0262026392 ISBN 13: 9780262026390
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The MIT Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110262026392

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 103.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds