Hear Where We Are

Sound, Ecology, and Sense of Place

Authors: Stocker, Michael

  • Reveals many of the mysteries of human and animal acoustical behavior, exposing a fresh and fertile panorama of acoustical experience
  • Offers unique insights and encompassing information on sound in environments ranging from ocean floors to Gothic cathedrals
  • Poetic and informative descriptions stir the reader to imagine the world of sound as animals perceive it: from the lateral lines of fish, to the whiskers of seals, and the "acoustical daylight" of snapping shrimp
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Throughout history, hearing and sound perception have been typically framed in the context of how sound conveys information and how that information influences the listener.  "Hear Where We Are" inverts this premise and examines how humans and other hearing animals use sound to establish acoustical relationships with their surroundings.

This simple inversion reveals a panoply of possibilities by which we can re-evaluate how hearing animals use, produce, and perceive sound. Nuance in vocalizations become signals of enticement or boundary setting; silence becomes a field ripe in auditory possibilities; predator/prey relationships are infused with acoustic deception, and sounds that have been considered territorial cues become the fabric of cooperative acoustical communities. This inversion also expands the context of sound perception into a larger perspective that centers on biological adaptation within acoustic habitats. Here, the rapid synchronized flight patterns of flocking birds and the tight maneuvering of schooling fish becomes an acoustic engagement. Likewise, when stridulating crickets synchronize their summer evening chirrups, it has more to do with the ‘cricket community’ monitoring their collective boundaries rather than individual crickets establishing ‘personal’ territory or breeding fitness.

In "Hear Where We Are" the author continuously challenges many of the bio-acoustic orthodoxies, reframing the entire inquiry into sound perception and communication. By moving beyond our common assumptions, many of the mysteries of acoustical behavior become revealed, exposing a fresh and fertile panorama of acoustical experience and adaptation.           

                                                         

                                                                                      

About the authors

Michael Stocker is an acoustician, musician and naturalist who has been an active spokesperson about human generated ocean noise pollution 1992. He is a technical generalist with professional credentials in electronic design, communication systems, physics, and acoustics. He has worked with high profile projects and clients including Skywalker Ranch, the “cult” feature film Koyyanisqatsi, Monterrey Bay Aquarium, The US National Holocaust Museum, Electric Light Orchestra, Harry Nielson, and the premier bio-mimicry research firm Pax Scientific. He is also conversant in biology and mycology. His ability to convey complex scientific issues in clear terms to a non-scientific audience is one of his hallmarks and has proven instrumental in conveying the complex ideas of ocean bio-acoustics to a lay public as well as to policy makers. By way of this ability, he has written text on ocean noise policy that has been included in current and pending legislation at the state and federal level, including the California Ocean Action Plan, and Barbara Boxer's pending "National Ocean Protections Act."  In 2006 he won the prestigious "Heart of Marin" award for "Excellence in Non-profit Board Leadership."

Dr. Stocker is currently the Director of Ocean Conservation Research, seeking solutions to the growing problem of human-generated ocean noise pollution though science, technology, policy development, and public outreach.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This is a readable and enjoyable book. … It is descriptive more than analytic and is a nice compilation of topics with which we in noise control engineering have less familiarity: human perception of sounds, soundscape studies, and psychological, physiological and animal acoustics. This book is highly recommended. It is a steal at the price.” (Richard J. Peppin, Noise Control Engineering Journal, Vol. 62 (5), September-October, 2014)

“This enchanting book … detail the importance of the sonic world and our myriad interactions with it. … The author delves into every aspect of human sound and then examines recent research, some speculative, on the sonic abilities of other species. … Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries.” (T. J. Pinch, Choice, Vol. 51 (10), June, 2014)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Hear Here: The impact of sound on personal placement

    Stocker, Michael

    Pages 1-30

  • The Song of Creation

    Stocker, Michael

    Pages 31-66

  • What is this thing called “Sound?”

    Stocker, Michael

    Pages 67-101

  • Sound Menagerie: Other Animals’ Sound Perception

    Stocker, Michael

    Pages 103-133

  • Communication: Sound into Form

    Stocker, Michael

    Pages 135-164

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Softcover $29.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hear Where We Are
Book Subtitle
Sound, Ecology, and Sense of Place
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Michael Stocker
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7285-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7285-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7284-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 200
Number of Illustrations and Tables
19 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
Topics