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Tyrania oka, pokora ucha? O potrzebie sound studies
Tyranny of the Eye, Humility of the Ear? On the Need for Sound Studies

Author(s): Dariusz Brzostek
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Media studies, Music, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Sociology of Culture, Sociology of the arts, business, education, Environmental interactions, Sociology of Art
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: sound studies; anthropology; soundscape; sound; listening; media; memory; power

Summary/Abstract: This article presents contemporary sound studies by outlining its field of interest as well as its main problems and concepts. Brzostek contextualizes sound studies with discussions on media and collective memory, the dialectics of voice and power, as well as the reproduction of sound and cultural identity. This context also includes thematically and methodologically diverse studies on the media coverage of acoustic experience through electronic media (from ‘archaeological’ forms such as the Walkman or the Discman to such ‘futuristic’ forms as mobile phones and iPods), as well as studies on these media’s effect on the transformation of the acoustic environment. Brzostek presents works inspired by R. Murray Shafer’s acoustic ecology, which touch on sound in the public sphere, urban soundscapes marked by noise pollution, as well as the acoustic environments of lo-fi and hi-fi.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 13-27
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish