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Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear

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An exploration of the production, transmission, and mutation of affective tonality--when sound helps produce a bad vibe.

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
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Mit Press (first published 2009)
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Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this book consistently blew me away. i don't think i've ever have a book rock me quite like this. i got so many new ideas going around in my head afterward. it seriously electrified my sense of urgency around the culture war! we go from sonic bombs dropped by the idf on gaza to the sound of the maroon's abeng striking terror into the british army to sonic lasers to jeep beats to muzak and beyond. if you're needing to get your eschatology fix steve goodman doesn't disappoint. i've never read anyt ...more
Justin Tam
When I found this during my time at the University of Sydney it had never been borrowed before.
Lee Barry
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
This is a obviously a well-researched book, but unfortunately the information gets lost in cryptic prose. The inscrutable nature of the writing leaves the reader unsettled, but perhaps that is the intended effect. I did like the chapter on ultrasonics, among a few others. I like the idea of future music extended beyond the usual cliches, looking at it from an ultrasonic perspective, beyond the limits of consciousness. There is "music" beyond liminal space, in the ultra high frequencies of Gamela ...more
Steen Ledet
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aesthetics, affect, sound
Speculative musical philosophy of the best kind, Goodman's book reads like a synthesis of so many ideas and rhythms that one overflows from reading it. Personally, I find the beginning more interesting than the end, but this is a matter of my preference for sensory overload versus afrofuturism. Both subjects (and more) are richly developed.
Tim Jaeger
Jun 27, 2010 rated it liked it
I expected more from Kode9, who is one of dubstep's leading stars. I kept reading this, skimming around, wanting to hear more about dubstep, and how Kode9 basically spearheaded the entire Hyperdub movement. I think he is overly influenced by Kodwo Eshun (author of 'More Brilliant Than The Sun'), and it shows here. I appreciate the depth and enthusiasm he digs into sound and affect. Maybe it would help to read to this while watching his remix of Skeng, or Black Sun to orient the gentle reader to ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
There's a huge difference between Kode9--as he exists behind his CDJs--and Steve Goodman, as he exists away from the booth. While his Hyperdub imprint has radically shaped the world of electronic music as we now hear it, his work as a scholar of sonics puts an ear to something often spoken of in his alter-ego's world of "dubstep"--the feeling. There is an entire world below the depths of your headphones and far above your speaker tweeters, and Goodman aims to explore the whole thing in this book ...more
Rob Ray
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Only read pieces of this so far, but so far so good. This book reads like a doctoral dissertation with a bit more spit and polish. Which is kind of a bummer as there's some great ideas here made a little too cloudy by academic puffery.
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ive been waiting to get my filthy fingers on this book for 6 months or more. thank you m.i.t. press i love your buchs!
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Difficult, wild, rigorous, re-readable, bizarre, unsettling, inspiring, consistent, surprising...
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