Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in Theory and Practice


After many years of work, Sound Unseen¬†is published! The editors at Oxford University Press did a wonderful job and I couldn’t be happier with the final result. You can preview and purchase the book here.

In lieu of re-describing the Sound Unseen here, I will simply say this. After many years of writing about acousmatic sound, I got to the point where I felt that articles could no longer do justice to my ideas. I needed the broad canvas of a book to present the history and theory of acousmatic sound, and to ¬†narrate how acousmatic sound plays a significant tole in many fields (literature, film, philosophy, music, etc.). The book presents a continuous argument from beginning to end, starting with Schaeffer’s theories, then considering the history of acousmatic listening as cultural practice, and finally moving onto a new theory of acousmatic sound, illustrated with case studies. Because it speaks to many audiences, I tried to maintain a balance of rigor and readability.

If you have read the book and want to contact me, I would be happy to hear from you.

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