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    DescriptionThe 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.


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    Title
    Soundscape
    Subtitle
    Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) R. Murray Schafer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780892814558
    ISBN 10: 0892814551
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T10.2
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: VXH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24720
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    BISAC V2.8: MUS041000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 781.2
    BISAC V2.8: SCI001000
    DC21: 781.2
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A08080000
    BISAC V2.8: REL000000
    LC classification: ML3805 .S3 1994
    Thema V1.0: QR, AVA
    Edition statement
    Original ed.
    Publisher
    Inner Traditions Bear and Company
    Imprint name
    Inner Traditions Bear and Company
    Publication date
    18 November 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Rochester, VT
    Author Information
    A well-known Canadian composer, R. Murray Schafer is the author of several books, including "The Music of the Environment."
    Review quote
    " . . . an unusual sensory experience that will raise your consciousness of the soundscape to a level of sensitivity you never experienced before."
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    MUSIC 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. A well-known Canadian composer, R. MURRAY SCHAFER is the author of several books, including The Music of the Environment.