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Palgrave Studies in Sound

Sounding Bodies Sounding Worlds

An Exploration of Embodiments in Sound

Authors: Vallee, Mickey

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  • Breaks new ground by proposing a new, interdisciplinary theorization of sound based on a number of studies within the broad area of environment studies and acoustic ecology
  • Highly original and innovative by marking out new territory in theorizing our sonic understanding of the world
  • Highlights the divergence between scientific acoustic measurement, and thus interpretation, of the environment and current, accepted cultural theories to do with listening, experience, and embodiment
  • An interdisciplinary work which effectively engages with scholars, researchers in public engagement, the public and citizen scientists
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About this book

What makes a body of sound appear as an aesthetic object as well as a method for knowledge? In Sounding Bodies Sounding Worlds, Mickey Vallee argues that we must impose our sonic imagination onto the non-sonic, and embrace how we sound to ourselves, sound with our animal companions, and sound in very earth itself.  From the invention of the laryngoscope to the role of the spectrogram, from the call of the bird to the tumble of a rockslide, from the deep listening of environmental immersion to the computational listening of bioacoustics research, Vallee offers a wide range of cases to convincingly argue that all life shares in a continuous, embodied and ethical vibration. 

About the authors

Mickey Vallee teaches in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at Athabasca University, where he holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Community, Identity and Digital Media. 

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“Sound is always more than sound, more than waves and air pressure. From the visualisation of the body's sonic infrastructure to experimental vocals and acoustic embodiment, from the sonic emissions of animals to a deadly rockslide, Mickey Vallee provides a fascinating range of case studies that lead to new ways of learning about material systems. By expanding the thresholds of what can be named as sound, Sounding Bodies Sounding Worlds looks beyond the acoustic, beyond listening itself to ask: how does a world sound?” (Caleb Kelly, author of Gallery Sound (2017))

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Sounding

    Pages 1-23

    Vallee, Mickey

  • Sounding Voice

    Pages 25-58

    Vallee, Mickey

  • Sounding Between Bodies

    Pages 59-86

    Vallee, Mickey

  • Sounding Ecologies

    Pages 87-109

    Vallee, Mickey

  • Sounding Data

    Pages 111-144

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sounding Bodies Sounding Worlds
Book Subtitle
An Exploration of Embodiments in Sound
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Sound
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-329-327-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-32-9327-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-329-326-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 220
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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