[share_ebook] Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century


Author: Karin Bijsterveld

Date: 2008

ISBN: 0262026392

Pages: 368

Language: English

Publisher: The MIT Press

Format: pdf

Category: Technical

Tag: Science/Engineering


Posted on 2010-09-29, by mmortal.

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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.

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