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Hear Where We Are

Author: Michael Stocker
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461472857
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Throughout history, hearing and sound perception have been typically framed in the context of how sound conveys information and how that information influences the listener. "Hear Where We Are" inverts this premise and examines how humans and other hearing animals use sound to establish acoustical relationships with their surroundings. This simple inversion reveals a panoply of possibilities by which we can re-evaluate how hearing animals use, produce, and perceive sound. Nuance in vocalizations become signals of enticement or boundary setting; silence becomes a field ripe in auditory possibilities; predator/prey relationships are infused with acoustic deception, and sounds that have been considered territorial cues become the fabric of cooperative acoustical communities. This inversion also expands the context of sound perception into a larger perspective that centers on biological adaptation within acoustic habitats. Here, the rapid synchronized flight patterns of flocking birds and the tight maneuvering of schooling fish becomes an acoustic engagement. Likewise, when stridulating crickets synchronize their summer evening chirrups, it has more to do with the ‘cricket community’ monitoring their collective boundaries rather than individual crickets establishing ‘personal’ territory or breeding fitness. In "Hear Where We Are" the author continuously challenges many of the bio-acoustic orthodoxies, reframing the entire inquiry into sound perception and communication. By moving beyond our common assumptions, many of the mysteries of acoustical behavior become revealed, exposing a fresh and fertile panorama of acoustical experience and adaptation.

Geographies Of Urban Sound

Author: Dr Torsten Wissmann
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409462196
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Taking into account both the urban soundscape and the impacts of sound on the urban dweller, this book examines sound not as a by-product of urban life, but as a fundamental part of the urban experience that is crucial to understanding the city’s sense of place. Illustrated by case studies from Europe and North America, these range from on-site measurements to the construction of audio tours for local tourism, from media analysis of popular culture audio drama to sound-identity and city branding, and from the classification of noise in city planning to a consideration of the complex relationship between sacred sound and the creation of a sense of place.

Music And Transcendence

Author: Férdia J. Stone-Davis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317092236
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Music and Transcendence explores the ways in which music relates to transcendence by bringing together the disciplines of musicology, philosophy and theology, thereby uncovering congruencies between them that have often been obscured. Music has the capacity to take one outside of oneself and place one in relation to that which is ’other’. This ’other’ can be conceived in an ’absolute’ sense, insofar as music can be thought to place the self in relation to a divine ’other’ beyond the human frame of existence. However, the ’other’ can equally well be conceived in an ’immanent’ (or secular) sense, as music is a human activity that relates to other cultural practices. Music here places the self in relation to other people and to the world more generally, shaping how the world is understood, without any reference to a God or gods. The book examines how music has not only played a significant role in many philosophical and theological accounts of the nature of existence and the self, but also provides a valuable resource for the creation of meaning on a day-to-day basis.

Rewild

Author: Nick Baker
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
ISBN: 1781317356
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As our busy, technology-driven lives become more sedentary and less connected to wildlife, it is important to remember the natural, human connection we have to the wilderness. Nick Baker, naturalist and wildlife presenter, takes the reader back to our natural instincts. Journeying through the senses, his expert advice offers the practical tools to experience the wilderness on your own doorstop as well as in the wider, wilder world. From learning to observe the creatures and beasts within hands’ reach and seeing and hearing the birds and trees of our forests, to an introduction to rewilding as a concept and the importance nature has to the wider world. Nick's vivid text mixes memoir with practical advice to entertain, inform and inspire us to get back to nature. ReWild is a beautiful and important exploration of the art of returning to nature.

Ph Nomen Honigbiene

Author: Jürgen Tautz
Publisher: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783827418456
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Neue Einblicke in die faszinierende Welt der Honigbienen Ob als Lieferanten von Honig und Wachs, als Meister der sozialen Organisation in einem hoch geordneten Staatswesen oder als Architekten beeindruckend regelmäßiger Wabenkonstruktionen – Honigbienen faszinieren den Menschen seit jeher. Und dank ihrer enormen Bestäubungsleistung bei Kulturpflanzen sind sie für uns schlicht unverzichtbar. Wissenschaftler, die den Geheimnissen dieser Insekten auf der Spur sind, entschlüsseln Schritt für Schritt das „Phänomen Honigbiene“ – und stoßen dabei immer wieder auf neue Überraschungen. Das vorliegende Buch lässt den Leser teilhaben am aktuellen Stand des Wissens und an den oft bahnbrechenden Erkenntnissen, die in den vergangenen Jahren – nicht zuletzt von der Arbeitsgruppe um Jürgen Tautz in Würzburg – gewonnen worden sind. Zugleich vermitteln die zahlreichen bislang weitgehend unveröffentlichten Aufnahmen der Fotografin Helga R. Heilmann dem Betrachter ein neues visuelles Bild dieser evolutionär so erfolgreichen Organismen. "Der Bienenstaat gleicht einem Zauberbrunnen; je mehr man daraus schöpft, desto reicher fließt er", hat Karl von Frisch, der Altmeister der Honigbienenforschung, einmal treffend gesagt. Lassen Sie sich zu diesem Zauberbrunnen entführen! _____ Wer dieses Buch liest, wird sich der Faszination des „Phänomens Honigbiene“ kaum entziehen können. Alte Ansätze, frische Blickwinkel und neue Untersuchungsmethoden lassen das Bild eines Superorganismus entstehen, der zweifellos zu den erstaunlichsten Geschöpfen der Erde zählt. Die hochorganisierte Staatenbildung der Bienen und ihre überragende Bedeutung für die Artenvielfalt vieler Lebensräume wie auch für die Erträge der Landwirtschaft rücken sie in den Blickpunkt des Interesses von Experten und Nichtfachleuten gleichermaßen. Was sind die Erfolgsgeheimnisse dieses Superorganismus? Was macht seine einsame Sonderstellung aus? Im letzten Jahrzehnt sind – insbesondere in der Arbeitsgruppe um Professor Jürgen Tautz in Würzburg – zahlreiche Daten und Erkenntnisse zusammengetragen worden, die ein in vielen Aspekten gänzlich neues Bild der Honigbiene Apis mellifera liefern. Der vorliegende Text-Bild-Band stellt erstmals diese „neue Biene“ in verständlicher und unterhaltsamer Weise einem breiten Publikum vor. Die Texte wie auch die beeindruckenden Fotografien von Helga R. Heilmann führen dem Leser und Betrachter die Ästhetik, Komplexität und atemberaubenden Errungenschaften des „Phänomens Honigbiene“ anschaulich vor Augen. So finden in diesem ebenso ansprechenden und informativen Buch auch die berühmten Werke von Karl von Frisch ein kongeniales Update.

The Universal Sense

Author: Seth Horowitz
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608198847
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Every day, we are beset by millions of sounds-ambient ones like the rumble of the train and the hum of air conditioner, as well as more pronounced sounds, such as human speech, music, and sirens. How do we know which sounds should startle us, which should engage us, and which should turn us off? Why do we often fall asleep on train rides or in the car? Is there really a musical note that can make you sick to your stomach? Why do city folks have trouble sleeping in the country, and vice versa?In this fascinating exploration, research psychologist and sound engineer Seth Horowitz shows how our sense of hearing manipulates the way we think, consume, sleep, and feel. Starting with the basics of the biology, Horowitz explains why we hear what we hear, and in turn, how we've learned to manipulate sound: into music, commercial jingles, car horns, and modern inventions like cochlear implants, ultrasound scans, and the mosquito ringtone. Combining the best parts of This is Your Brain on Music and The Emotional Brain, this book gives new insight into what really makes us tick.

Making Sense Of Place

Author: Frank Vanclay
Publisher:
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"Making Sense of Place is a book of selected proceedings from the Senses of Place conference held in Hobart in April 2006. It explores place from myriad perspectives and through evocative encounters. The Barrier Reef is experienced through the sense of touch, Lake Mungo is encountered through sound and 'listening', and light is shed on the meaning of place for deaf people. Case studies include the Maze prison, Inuit hunting grounds, and the songlines of the Anangu people. Iconic landscapes, lookouts, gardens, grieving places, the 'car place' - all provide contexts for experiencing and understanding place."--Provided by publisher.

The Place Where You Go To Listen

Author: John Luther Adams
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 9780819569899
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Did Alaska create the music of John Luther Adams, or did the music create his Alaska? For the past thirty years, the vastness of Alaska has swept through the distant reaches of the composer’s imagination and every corner of his compositions. In this new book Adams proposes an ideal of musical ecology, the philosophical foundation on which his largest, most complex musical work is based. This installation, also called The Place Where You Go to Listen, is a sound and light environment that gives voice to the cycles of sunlight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic rhythms of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis. Adams describes this work as “a place for hearing the unheard music of the world around us.” The book includes two seminal essays, the composer’s journal telling the story of the day-to-day emergence of The Place, as well as musical notations, graphs and illustrations of geophysical phenomena.