The Tone of Our Times: Sound, Sense, Economy, and Ecology by Frances Dyson

By Frances Dyson

In this wide-ranging publication, Frances Dyson examines the position of sound within the improvement of monetary and ecological structures which are this present day in predicament. Connecting early theories of concord, cosmology, and theological doctrine to modern media and governance, Dyson makes use of sound, tone, song, voice, and noise as types of sonority wherein the crises of "eco" might be learn. The sonic surroundings, Dyson argues, is key to either feel and sensibility, and its delimitation has contributed to the "senselessness" of a global now stuck among spiraling debt and environmental degradation. Dyson attracts on scenes, historic moments, works of art, and inventive and theoretical perform to situate the reverberative surroundings that surrounds and sustains us. From Pythagoras's hammer and the transmutation of tune into arithmetic, to John Cage's well-known adventure within the anechoic chamber, to the relocation of the inventory industry from the road to the pc monitor, to Occupy Wall Street's "people's microphone": Dyson unearths regulations and practices of exclusion. The sound of Pythagoras's forge and the rabble of the industry were muted, rearticulated, and reworked, Dyson argues, throughout the monotones of media, the racket of financialization, and the gibberish of political speech. knowledgeable via modern sound paintings, philosophy, media and sociopolitical concept, The Tone of Our Times bargains insights into current crises which are proper to a broader knowing of ways area, the aural, and listening have formed and proceed to form the area we are living in.

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