The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World Hardcover – 11 Mar 2014
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An intriguing tour d'horizon of the world of sound.
A technological travelogue conducted by an expert tour guide, bursting with aural arcana that adds just the right amount of tech-savvy detail, The Sound Book brings into relief a world often obscured in our image-heavy existence. Even as we follow Cox to the ends of the Earth, what makes his book a real rush is that it's ultimately an ear-buzzing journey to the center of our minds. --Greg Milner, Perfecting Sound Forever"
An intriguing tour d horizon of the world of sound. "
Turns up the volume on sonic oddities. "
From its first page to its last, The Sound Book invites readers to close their eyes and open their ears to the sounds, both normal and peculiar, that surround us all. "
Charming From its first page to its last, The Sound Book invites readers to close their eyes and open their ears to the sounds, both normal and peculiar, that surround us all. --Sid Perkins"
A riveting ear-opener, Trevor Cox describes in lyrical detail a range of sonic events and new ways of listening that can only brighten our experience of the acoustic world around us. A must-read for sound-lovers of all stripes.--Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places
Cox reminds us not only of the sonic marvels we often miss, but also how those sounds affect us.
This small encyclopedia of strange sounds reveals how much art there is in the act of listening. Reading it made my ears more mindful.--Adam Gopnik
Turns up the volume on sonic oddities."
[A] mission to make sound tourism the next big thing.--Gemma Tarlach
About the Author
A professor of acoustic engineering, Trevor Cox has appeared on the Discovery and National Geographic channels, produced seventeen BBC radio documentaries, and holds the Guinness Record for discovering the world's "Longest Echo." He lives in Manchester, England.
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I first heard of Prof. Cox and his new book on an NPR interview in early 2014. It sounded intriguing and is! This is not a scientific or engineering text; in fact, it's not very technical at all. What it is is a book of adventures by Prof. Cox as he travels and listens to things that are interesting; this includes auditoriums, underground storage facilities (which have some very interesting reverberations), singing sands, ancient Greek amphitheaters (yes they have very good acoustics, but no the ancients didn't know more than modern engineers).
He covers bird songs in some detail. There are a lot of birdwatchers out there, unfortunately there seem to be many less who listen to them.
He is an acoustics professor, but he covers so very many things that it's difficult to recall them all. It does whet the appetite for more and that's all to the good. Any number of the things discussed can be pursued by the avid reader -- perhaps a little more research online or even trying to make your own recordings. With the number of small portable computers on the market, a microphone or two, and a video camera you can capture sight and sound alike. A modest priced system should get the interested person started.
I could go on, but I won't; the list of things covered is large and it'll do you more good to read the book than to hear me go on and on about it.
If you want a technical book on any of the many areas of sound, from recording techniques to acoustics, to FFTs and DSPs,do look elsewhere; Amazon has many. But for a nice popular book with a sense of adventure, well written by a man who's not only an expert but obviously loves his calling, this is a very nice book indeed.