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Digital Sound Studies

edited by Mary Caton Lingold, Darren Mueller and Whitney Trettien

Duke University Press, 2018


Cloth: 978-0-8223-7048-2

Paper: 978-0-8223-7060-4

eISBN: 978-0-8223-7199-1

OA eISBN: 978-1-4780-9101-1

About the Book
The digital turn has created new opportunities for scholars across disciplines to use sound in their scholarship. This volume’s contributors provide a blueprint for making sound central to research, teaching, and dissemination. They show how digital sound studies has the potential to transform silent, text-centric cultures of communication in the humanities into rich, multisensory experiences that are more inclusive of diverse knowledges and abilities. Drawing on multiple disciplines—including rhetoric and composition, performance studies, anthropology, history, and information science—the contributors to Digital Sound Studies bring digital humanities and sound studies into productive conversation while probing the assumptions behind the use of digital tools and technologies in academic life. In so doing, they explore how sonic experience might transform our scholarly networks, writing processes, research methodologies, pedagogies, and knowledges of the archive. As they demonstrate, incorporating sound into scholarship is thus not only feasible but urgently necessary.

Contributors. Myron M. Beasley, Regina N. Bradley, Steph Ceraso, Tanya Clement, Rebecca Dowd Geoffroy-Schwinden, W. F. Umi Hsu, Michael J. Kramer, Mary Caton Lingold, Darren Mueller, Richard Cullen Rath, Liana M. Silva, Jonathan Sterne, Jennifer Stoever, Jonathan W. Stone, Joanna Swafford, Aaron Trammell, Whitney Trettien
About the Author
Mary Caton Lingold is Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Darren Mueller is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

Whitney Trettien is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.
"Digital Sound Studies contributors prompt productive conversations even while probing assumptions behind the use of digital tools and technologies in academia. . . . These essays explore the urgency and necessity of incorporating sonic experience into scholarly networks, writing processes, research methodologies, pedagogies, and knowledges of the archive."

-- John F. Barber Leonardo Reviews

"Digital Sound Studies offers a fascinating variety of perspectives on digital sound studies ... Works that link digital humanities and sound studies are somewhat rare, and the present volume is a rich addition to a growing body of knowledge. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."

-- M. Anderson Choice

"Digital Sound Studies fuses theory and critical thinking with creative sonic practices, a fusion that is both promising and very appealing."

-- Vincent Meelberg Journal of Sonic Studies

“This text provides a contemporary possibility of classroom and research work that is innovative and communal. The essays in Digital Sound Studies examine how sound is contained but held in the body, held through the body but heard through institutions and a cacophony of additional casual, aural effects.”

-- Kimberly Williams Journal for the Society of American Music

Digital Sound Studies ... is an excellent resource for people interested in non-conventional experiences that defy standard and mainstream methods of learning and teaching within the humanities. It invites critical thought from cultural, social, and artistic frameworks, with a sustained and sustainable focus on the potential of sound and listening.”

-- Tracey El Hajj Digital Humanities Quarterly

Digital Sound Studies is a provocation and a resource: timely in its inquiries and generative in its scope. In chapter after chapter, the reader encounters essays written in a register of experimental play, a quality which enacts a genre-bending intellectual style predicated on listening.”

-- Joella Bitter Technology and Culture

Recording and reproducing, Sound in mass media, Higher, Levels, Schools, Music, Education
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License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0