- Hardcover: 402 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books (14 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781250898
- ISBN-13: 978-1781250891
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.5 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening Hardcover – 14 Mar 2013
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As social history it's hard to beat (Independent 2013-08-01)
David Hendy reconstructs the acoustic environments of our ancestors and contemporaries in words, conjuring them to life for the mind's ear. Brilliant and thought-provoking - curl up somewhere noisy and enjoy! (Nigel Warburton)
Fascinating. Noise is something to shout about (Emily Cockayne Hubbub)
Praise for the radio series: 'A strange and lovely series ... Hendy found the roots of human language in the sounds and rhythms of bodies, our heartbeats, breathing, walking' (Gillian Reynolds Daily Telegraph)
Highly enjoyable and thought-provoking ... Hendy does a great job of reconstructing a whole range of long-gone sound worlds - and, importantly, he makes clear what is assumption, what is fact and what is guesswork, while still presenting his descriptions in an evocative way. (Mike Goldsmith Irish Times 2013-08-01) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Based on a major BBC Radio 4 series, David Hendy explores the role of sound - and of listening - in 100,000 years of human history.See all Product Description
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Moving on from the sponsorship and packaging, this is quite a triumph for the author and his research team. Hendy's passion for the project is palpable in every line of this beautiful introduction to a two-century old humanity's tale of grappling with all matters aural. He writes like a dream, is gifted with the discipline of a broadcaster, reining in all indulgence and packaging this history into thirty nifty chapters each taking less time to read than your average podcast and each packing just the right amount of exposition, interpretation, context and punch. The irony here is, that his broad enquiry, in retrospection belies the book as a definitive "packaged" resource for musical anthropology or musical science or poetry. Hendy, the eccentric enquirer is out to explore the "abstract or physical qualities of sound than with how it gets used in the world" and besides its social history, "a history of how and why have we listened to it and reacted to it". And according to me, he is successful in achieving just that.Read more ›
The writer sifted through the centuries to find us some remarkable stories about how people used sound to communicate their feelings, beliefs, and daily grind. The vast research underpins this work, but the book never bores a reader mainly because of the style which is a natural flow and almost campfire chatty storytelling of something what happen in the past but it is also relevant to the contemporary reader, as it helps to understand us why we are as we are. Great read!
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This book arrived promptly and in excellent condition. I bought it as a gift for a future birthday,so have not yet given it, but the intended recipient (a musician) is likely to be... Read morePublished on 31 July 2014 by Honeybee