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Geographies of Urban Sound


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Contents: Listen up!; Thoughts on sound and the city; Sound effects; Sound in the city; Uses of sound in the city; Excursus: the medial creation of the city in audio drama; Sound is the city; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Torsten Wissmann is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany.


'For many years the acoustic environment of cities has been neglected. It is only recently that attention has been given to this matter. This is supplied in Dr Wissmann's book Geographies of Urban Sound in which we visit many parts of the world, allowing us to compare developments past and present. Dr Wissmann has given us a well-planned environment and soundscape for the future.' R. Murray Schafer, World Soundscape Project 'Wissmann's insightful and accessible tome has gone beyond the trope of sight as the center of the urban experience by demonstrating the place of sound. He adroitly disassembles this missing sense into its constituent parts, re-envisions its essences, and then reassembles the pieces into a comprehensible whole of the city's soundscapes. He does this by weaving together an eclectic array of methodologies, theories, examples, and places that ultimately provide a creative and pioneering reimaging of the experiential city. And as contemporary insight into the nuances of place, this book belongs sandwiched on your shelf between Gillian Rose's Visual Methodologies and Tim Cresswell's Place: A Short Introduction.' Leo Zonn, The University of Texas at Austin, USA '... Wissmann has written an important book on an oft-neglected subject that deserves wide circulation within the discipline of geography and beyond.' The AAG Review of Books

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