There’s this book from Murray Schafer, ‘The soundscape’.
Murray (born 18 July 1933) is a Canadian composer, writer, music educator and environmentalist perhaps best known for his World Soundscape Project, concern for acoustic ecology, and his book The Tuning of the World (1977), of which I’ll talk now.
The book talks about 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.
Though sometimes a little hard to read for me in the morning, while travelling to office, the book has no waste. I’ve coined some of the most interesting pages and will share them here from now on under the category ‘The soundscape (Schafer)‘ (in english).
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I hope you enjoy with those, I did.