The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the by R. Murray Schafer

By R. Murray Schafer

Schafer contends that we be afflicted by an overabundance of acoustic info and explores how one can restoration our skill to listen to the nuances of sounds round us. This ebook is a pioneering exploration of our acoustic atmosphere, earlier and current, and an try and think what it may possibly develop into.

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The gorilla is the only primate to have discovered a nonvocal sound mechanism: it drums on its chest with its fist, producing a loud, hollow sound. This is done both when making vocal sounds and on its own. The gorilla has discovered the property of resonance, independent of the natural mechanism of the voice box. It seems forever on the verge of discovering the musical instrument without being able to make the transition from personal to artificial sound. So far as we know only man has done this.

20 THE SOUNDSCAPE head, and they could hear the rain rushing across the fields. /1 Geography and climate provide vernacular keynotes to the soundscape. In the vast northern areas of the earth the sound of winter is that of frozen water-of ice and snow. percent of the land surface is snow covered for more than six months annually. Ice and snow form the keynotes of the northern hinterland as surely as the sea is the keynote of maritime life. Ice and snow are tuned by the temperature. /1 But in Scandinavia, when the giant Hymir of The Elder Edda returned from hunting: Icicles clattered, falling off his frozen beard.

We have been discussing animals. Among the characters of his speech, man has numerous words to describe the animal sounds which are nearest to him. These are verbs, action words, and most of them are onomatopoeic still: a dog barks a puppy yelps a cat meows and purrs a cow moos a lion roars a goat bleats a tiger snarls a wolf howls a mouse squeaks a donkey brays a pig grunts or squeals a horse whinnies or neighs The English language reproduces only those animals with which English man, in his many migrations, has found himself in closest contact.

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