Contents

Chapter 1

  • Hear Here – Sound, Orientation, and Sense of Place
  • Sound and the Perceptual Body
  • Cultural and Gender Distinctions
  • Our Soundscape: At play between Silence and Noise
  • Warning, Alert, and Alarm
  • Sound, Comfort, and Belonging
  • Media and the Sounds of Our Times
  • Sonic Imprinting – Acoustic communities and emotional
  • responses to specific sounds

Chapter 2

  • The Song of Creation
  • Some Songlines
  • Naming – taking possession of the created
  • The Persona
  • Bells and Boundaries
  • Taking Control
  • Sound and Warfare
  • Sound and Healing
  • Sound and Intention

Chapter 3

  • What is this thing called “Sound”
  • The Mechanics of Sound
  • Wavelength, frequency, velocity, absorptivity, and reflectivity come into play.
  • Stereophonation and Localization – Hearing space
  • Hearing
  • Human Organs of Hearing

Chapter 4

  • Sound Menagerie – other animals’ sound perception.
  • Fish Ears and Ocean Hearing
  • Whale details: The Hearing of Whales and Dolphins
  • Real Ears
  • Ears to the Ground
  • (Some) Bug Ears
  • Ears take flight: Bird Ears

Chapter 5

  • Communication – Sound into Form
  • Not Language
  • Seeds of Sound Communication
  • Perceptual Platforms
  • Acoustic Community, Acoustical Niches.
  • Infrasonic communication and acoustical cohesion.
  • “Seeing” with sound – ultrasonics and echolocation.
  • The time domain of stridulating insects.
  • Mapping: Memory, cognition, and participation.

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