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Title chapter: Sound Studies. An Emerging Perspective in Media and Communication Studies
Author: Heiner Stahl
Keywords: sound studies, auditory marker, soundscape, acoustic space, auditory memory, sonic experience, voice
Abstract: Sound Studies is a label that covers a variety of approaches that are linked to a general interest: to examine the social and cultural prominence of listening, of hearing, of eavesdropping. In this respect, Sound Studies deals with auditory experience and acoustic events, with communities negotiating cultural material that can be heard and listened to, with the flow of music, the diverse impacts of acoustic information being constantly emitted into social, cultural and media environments. This chapter provides an overview of key concepts and authors that define the field of sound studies.
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