Mechanical Sound. Technology, Culture, and Public. Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century by Karin Bijsterveld. 2008

Publié le par Olivier Lussac

Mechanical Sound. Technology, Culture, and Public. Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century by Karin Bijsterveld. 2008, Cambridge, Londres, The MIT Press, 2008 (isbn-10 : 0-262-02639-2).
Since the last nineteenth century, the sounds of technology have been the subject of complaints, regulation, and legislation. By the early 1990s, 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 "silent 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 the twentieth-century counterpoint to complaints about noise: the celebration of mechanical sound in the avant-garde music composed between the two world wars.

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