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Sonic Warfare
Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear | Steve Goodman
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Sound can be deployed to produce discomfort, express a threat, or create an ambience of fear or dread--to produce a bad vibe. Sonic weapons of this sort include the "psychoacoustic correction" aimed at Panama strongman Manuel Noriega by the U.S. Army and at the Branch Davidians in Waco by the FBI, sonic booms (or "sound bombs") over the Gaza Strip, and high-frequency rat repellants used against teenagers in malls. At the same time, artists and musicians generate intense frequencies in the search for new aesthetic experiences and new ways of mobilizing bodies in rhythm. In Sonic Warfare, Steve Goodman explores these uses of acoustic force and how they affect populations. Traversing philosophy, science, fiction, aesthetics, and popular culture, he maps a (dis)continuum of vibrational force, encompassing police and military research into acoustic means of crowd control, the corporate deployment of sonic branding, and the intense sonic encounters of sound art and music culture. Goodman concludes with speculations on the not yet heard--the concept of unsound, which relates to both the peripheries of auditory perception and the unactualized nexus of rhythms and frequencies within audible bandwidths
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hhavel

Hi, Littens! I just picked up this book. I live in a poor Black neighborhood here in Albany, New York. This neighborhood has the highest crime rate in the city, but I have come to love it here, and I have come to love its people. But I've noticed the subtle warfare that exists between the gangs that blast their rap and Hip-Hop tunes from their cars. I do believe it's a form of warfare among the people here. That's why I picked up this book.

Reggie This book sounds interesting. A couple of years ago, a couple of US diplomats had to leave Cuba because there was a sound produced in the hotel rooms they were staying in that caused them chronic headaches. Hmmm. Thanks for posting. 12mo
hhavel It's true. In NYC, they used loud sounds to disperse crowds protesting the Republican National Convention for George W. Bush's election. When I was in Prague, in a youth hostel, they used loud buzzers to discourage the kids from loitering in certain hallways. This book should be an interesting one by a guy who teaches in London. It is used here in my neighborhood. If one listens to the lyrics and where they are placed, one can hear it. Thanks! 12mo
ProfReader Stopping by to say hi!!! 10mo
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