Sonic Experience: A Guide to Everyday Sounds

15 May

I’m currently in London to meet Huw to listen to the Manchester Museum and John Rylands Library soundscapes that he has been working on. I’ll have updates tomorrow! Whilst I was wandering around the Wellcome Collection shop today, I came across a very apt book, ‘Sonic experience: A Guide to Everyday Sounds‘. In the ‘Guide to Sonic Effects’, ‘Phonotonie’ is one of my favourites:

Phonotonie: The effect, also called the phonotonic effect, characterizes the feeling of euphoria provoked by a sound perception. Sometimes it induces a behaviour directly , a such as a renewed activity, a collective movement, or a reflex gesture. Musical listening often plays this functional role in the individual or collective work.

“Sonic Experience is a stimulating listening experience. As I read it, I found myself measuring the effects of sounds heard, overheard or imagined.” R. Murray Schafer, composer and author of The Tuning of the World


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