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ISBN: 0262201380
Author: Emily Thompson
Language: English
Publisher: The MIT Press; 1st edition (April 7, 2002)
Pages: 510
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Book Condition: All of the pages are clean and unmarked, and the binding is sound When Boston's Symphony Hall opened in 1900, the acoustics were an overwhelming success with critics.

Book Condition: All of the pages are clean and unmarked, and the binding is sound. There is a minor bump/bending in the upper corners of the pages. The cover shows minor wear only. The Soundscape of Modernity describes the modern development of acoustics in wonderful and easily understood detail. John Bishop, The American Organist. When Boston's Symphony Hall opened in 1900, the acoustics were an overwhelming success with critics. There were carpers who gradually dissented from the praise, but the musicians and the audiences became familiar with the sound, and its reputation remains high.

Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900–1933. In this history of aural culture in ury America, Emily Thompson charts dramatic transformations in what people heard and how they listened. A vibrant history of acoustical technology and aural culture in ury America. What they heard was a new kind of sound that was the product of modern technology. They listened as newly critical consumers of aural commodities.

The Soundscape of Modernity book. In this history of aural culture in ury America, Emily Thompson charts dramatic transformations in what people heard and how they listened

The Soundscape of Modernity book. They listened as newly critical con A vibrant history of acoustical technology and aural culture in ury America. They listened as newly critical cons A vibrant history of acoustical technology and aural culture in ury America.

Architectural Acoustics: Blending Sound Sources, Sound Fields, and Listeners. Article May 1999 · The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Scitation is the online home of leading journals and conference proceedings from AIP Publishing and AIP Member Societies.

In this history of aural culture in ury America, Emily Thompson charts dramatic .

In this history of aural culture in ury America, Emily Thompson charts dramatic transformations in what people heard and how they listened.

The soundscape of modernity : architectural acoustics and the culture of listening in America, 1900-1933, Emily . The production of this book has been generously supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

The soundscape of modernity : architectural acoustics and the culture of listening in America, 1900-1933, Emily Thompson. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-262-20138-0 (hc. : alk. paper) 1. Architectural acoustics. 2. MusicAcoustics and physics.

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In this history of aural culture in early-twentieth-century America, Emily Thompson charts dramatic transformations in what people heard and how they listened. What they heard was a new kind of sound that was the product of modern technology. They listened as newly critical consumers of aural commodities. By examining the technologies that produced this sound, as well as the culture that enthusiastically consumed it, Thompson recovers a lost dimension of the Machine Age and deepens our understanding of the experience of change that characterized the era.Reverberation equations, sound meters, microphones, and acoustical tiles were deployed in places as varied as Boston's Symphony Hall, New York's office skyscrapers, and the soundstages of Hollywood. The control provided by these technologies, however, was applied in ways that denied the particularity of place, and the diverse spaces of modern America began to sound alike as a universal new sound predominated. Although this sound--clear, direct, efficient, and nonreverberant--had little to say about the physical spaces in which it was produced, it speaks volumes about the culture that created it. By listening to it, Thompson constructs a compelling new account of the experience of modernity in America.

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Reddefender
Thompson focuses on the role of modernist tendencies in the construction and commodification of the auditory culture of America in the early twentieth century. She looks not only at the science of architectural acoustics but their linkage to the new recording technologies and general changes in the aural landscape of New York and elsewhere. We discover the completeness of the modernist retreat from the world into skyscrapers which had among their attributes the ability to silence all the outside noise of life. Thompson displays how the perception and creation of sound is absolutely coupled to a culture and its historicity. By doing so she links herself to the great French historian of the senses, Alain Corbin, who wrote Village Bells and allowed us to rediscover the sounds of the eighteenth French countryside and the culture that created it. To read a work written in such a provocative and entertaining way is a wonderful experience and to have such an experience with a book that centers around a topic as possibly dull as architectural acoustics is doubly impressive. As more talented historians are "coming out of the woodwork" and lending their abilities to the study of aurality our picture of the world past is quickly becoming a more vivid and less silent one.
Secondly, I fell the need to comment on one reviewer's critique. One, though F Murray Schafer may have helped create a new field of study and generated concern for a the loss of a particular kind of soundscape I think criticizing an entire book because you have a semantic disagreement about the title with the author is slightly ridiculous. Thompson states her differences with Schafer in the first couple hundred words. I personally find Schafer's writing quite lacking in theoretical vigor and drawing on questionable statistical evidence. Secondly, Thompson does in fact go well beyond just discussing the technical "progress" made in the field of acoustics by looking at the reasons that a culture would look to alter its sound in the first place.
A fantastic book. I hope she writes more.
nailer
My review will be brief. I basically agree with several other reviewers. This book is well written. Given that it is an MIT Press publication it is academic in approach. So it can be wordy and a little dry, but is well researched and documented. I appreciate the thorough references & illustrations.

Basically this book reinforces that many of the major concepts that are fundamental to audio systems and acoustics were developed by the 1930s. It clearly reinforces that we stand on the shoulders of those that came before us.

As a side note I think the basis of analog color television was worked out in the '20s. It's amazing the power of concentration and insight early designers had, and they lacked the modern tools we have today.

This is a must read for a history of acoustics & sound system development in the previous century and it's impact on out modern world. However, it is not a light, topical title.
Gardagar
The way that this book approaches the history of sound in the early twentieth-century is truly unique. Thompson catalogs the events from 1900-1933 from four different perspectives, each perspective in its own chapter. The explanation of the science involved in the evolution in sound is done extremely well; easily understandable to the non-technical person, and yet with enough detail to satisfy the technically minded. I am an engineering student and bought this book for a project for my noise control engineering class-a graduate level class-and it provided extremely useful to me in describing how the scientific community changed and evolved in the area of acoustics.

So many differently things were happening all at once during this time period. Books that focus solely on science and the scientific community totally disregard the social atmosphere that drove the scientific community to achieve as they did. Also, any social history would be remiss in omitting the contributions of the scientific community in a time period where science was celebrated and embraced by society. Thompson does a wonderful job of showing the history of both areas and how they interrelate to one another.

What follows is a brief outline of what the book includes and how it is presented:

Thomspon uses architecture, and the science of acoustics used to aid in design, as milestones in the development of what she refers to as the 'soundscape'. She begins with opening night at Symphony Hall in Boston on October 15, 1900, and ends with Radio City Music Hall, which opened December 27, 1932.

The introduction and brief overview is given in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 begins with opening night of Symphony Hall and how the work of Wallace Sabine impacted the design of music hall. It also gives a brief history of earlier attempts at sound control, which illustrates just how significant Sabine's work was for both the scientific and architectural community. Chapters 3 through 6 each cover the time period 1900 to 1933 from four different perspectives.

Chapter 3 follows the work of the scientists throughout this period who, by building on the work of Sabine, focused their careers in the study of sound and developing the science of "New Acoustics". The chapter catalogs the development of the new tools available to accurately measure sound, new techniques to measure sound and the new language used to define sound.

During this time period, the sounds of a city dramatically changed from human sources to mechanical sources. This created new challenges in noise control, which had previously been addressed by controlling the behavior of the people causing the noise. This type of noise control became obsolete once mechanical noise became prevalent. Chapter 4 addresses these changes and how the public dealt with the changes in the problem and meaning of noise.

Chapter 5 restarts the period again, this time focusing on how the technology of architectural acoustics, the science that Sabine basically invented with his groundbreaking work outlined in Chapter 1 & 2, was used indoors to alleviate the problem of noise. This chapter follows the new acoustical material industry which was focused on new building technologies dedicated to isolating and absorbing sound. It tracks scientific knowledge being applied to create sound-engineered buildings, which were designed to keep noise out of a building, and how this eventually became known as 'modern noise control'.

Chapter 6 shows how the electro acoustical technology moved out of the lab, where it was developed to measure sound, into the world. Microphones, loudspeakers, radios, public address systems and sound motion pictures were all world applications of the lab technology which filled the soundscape with electro acoustical signals. It also shows the rapid change in the soundscape that this new electric acoustic sound bears little resemblance to the sound of 1900. So little resemblance that Sabine's reverberation formula failed to describe it, forcing the equation to be revised, signaling the final transformation of the soundscape.

Chapter 7 finishes off the time period with the opening of Radio City Music Hall.

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