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Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World [Paperback]

R. Murray Schafer
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18 Nov 1994
Schafer contends that we suffer from an overabundance of acoustic information and explores ways to restore our ability to hear the nuances of sounds around us. This book is a pioneering exploration of our acoustic environment, past and present, and an attempt to imagine what it might become.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books (18 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892814551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892814558
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New ideas, a fresh approach to sound! 5 Nov 2012
By Viltsu
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I was looking for a good book on sound propagation. I operate in the field of sound design and this book helped me think about sound in a completely new way. A more organic view is offered here and if you are looking for a good source book for noise pollution or an interesting recount of audio history i recommend this book for you. I am an audio engineer by schooling and this really offered an interesting aspect into sound design and also some interesting history.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound design inspiration & background info. 21 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
A good and important read for people interested in sound design. Musicians and composers, as well as sound designers, will find interesting historical notes and references that I was not aware of prior to reading this book.
Well written.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic book on environmental sound 23 April 1998
By A Customer
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Top-notch writing about our sonic environment by an eminent Canadian composer. Reprint (with no changes) of a 1970s hardcover with a different title.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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What a load of pretentious nonsense.

I shouted that!

My neigbour, affected by that shout, now requires psychiatric help.

At least she will have a writer for company!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book on sound in 150 years. 11 Mar 2005
By Bernard Krause - Published on Amazon.com
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When R. Murray Schafer first published TUNING OF THE WORLD (the subtitle of this edition) in 1977, it had a stunning and lasting affect on musicians and recordists throughout the world. Every facet of this work is important to know about and the narrative still reads like a contemporary novel - impossible to put down and never dated. He informs us how to re-train our ears to listen better and more wisely. He defines, for the first time, the soundscape and the myriad ways it fits into and affects our lives.

This book is seminal to my work as a naturalist and sound designer and I have read it many times in the past three decades. It is that important.

Bernie Krause, PhD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 23 Feb 2013
By HVincent - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the first edition 20+ years ago and have always since tried to turn my musician friends on to it. If you compose, produce or do any type of sound design the info in this book is essential. It really opened my ears and my mind. Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Designer? Sound Scaper? Acoustic Ecologist? 5 April 2013
By Rachel Catallo - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is essential if you are working anywhere in the Audio Industry. It gives you the necessary appreciation, and application of sound, in and out, while allowing for silence to be equally as relavent. R. Murray Schafer is the God of The Soundscape!
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh "look"... 14 Feb 2014
By Jerry Summers - Published on Amazon.com
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This is must-read for anyone interested in the history of the sounds that human activities and enterprises make. And he relates these to developments in music history. In addition, he challenges us to listen to our environment and improve them sonically.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soundscape by Murray Schaffer 24 Jun 2009
By Julio Alberto Camarena Ramirez - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a great book about the sounds that build our enviroment, from nature to cities. It does so in a very poetic, well informed, and beautifull way.
Very easy to read. A very inspiring book for musicians, architects and installation artists.
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