Soundscapes of the Urban Past

Staged Sound as Mediated Cultural Heritage

We cannot simply listen to our urban past. Yet we encounter a rich cultural heritage of city sounds presented in text, radio and film. How can such »staged sounds« express the changing identities of cities?

This volume presents a collection of studies on the staging of Amsterdam, Berlin and London soundscapes in historical documents, radio plays and films, and offers insights into themes such as film sound theory and museum audio guides. In doing so, this book puts contemporary controversies on urban sound in historical perspective, and contextualises iconic presentations of cities. It addresses academics, students, and museum workers alike.

With contributions by Jasper Aalbers, Karin Bijsterveld, Carolyn Birdsall, Ross Brown, Andrew Crisell, Andreas Fickers, Annelies Jacobs, Evi Karathanasopoulou, Patricia Pisters, Holger Schulze, Mark M. Smith and Jonathan Sterne.

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2013-03-06, 230 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2179-2

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Karin Bijsterveld

Karin Bijsterveld, Maastricht University, Niederlande

"An important compendium for dealing with questions concerning the study of urban soundscapes."
Stefan Drees, Die Musikforschung [German quarterly musicological journal published by the German Society for Music Research], 62/1 (2015)
"Recommended to connoisseurs who wish to broaden their perspective with the insights of the media studies as well as socio-cultural and/or historiographical perspectives on sound."
Jan Wedekind, DIE TONKUNST [German quarterly journal for classical music and musicology], 8/2 (2014)
Reviewed in:
H-Net-Reviews, 6 (2014), Andrew Behrendt
Author(s)
Karin Bijsterveld (ed.)
Book title
Soundscapes of the Urban Past Staged Sound as Mediated Cultural Heritage
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
230
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-2179-2
DOI
Commodity Group
1591
BIC-Code
AVA HBTB
BISAC-Code
MUS020000 HIS054000
THEMA-Code
AVA NHTB
Release date
2013-03-06
Edition
1
Topics
Stadt, Kulturgeschichte, Klang
Readership
Sound Studies, Media Studies, Film Studies, Museum Studies, Radio Studies, History
Keywords/Tags
Soundscape, Media, Culture, Museum, History, Radio, Film, Sound, Urbanity, Cultural History, Urban Studies, Musicology

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