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Making Sense of Sound Reading List

Making Sense of Sound, 2020/21, Semester 2
Prof. John Mowitt
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

ARTF 3063/5063M Making Sense of Sound

Spring 2021


Reading List

ALL READINGS ARE CORE READINGS [same readings for ARTF 3014]


Adorno, Theodor. “Part One: The Idea of Radio Physiognomics” from Currents of Music: Elements of a Radio Theory.  Ed. Robert Hullot-Kentor. New York: Polity, 2009. 43-73.


Barthes, Roland and R. Havas. “Listening” from The Responsibilities of Form: Critical Essays on Music, Art and Representation. Trans. Richard Howard. New York: Hill and Wang, 1992. 245-260. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


Benjamin, Walter. “Lichtenberg: A Cross Section” from Radio Benjamin. Ed. Lecia Rosenthal. New York and London: Verso 2014. 334-359.


Bijsterveld, Karin. Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture and Public Problems of Noise in the 20th Century. Cambridge: MIT P, 2017.


Calvino, Italo. “A King Listens” from Under the Jaguar Sun. Trans. William Weaver. London: Vintage, 1992. 31-64.


Chion, Michel. “The Acousmêtre” from Voice in the Cinema. Trans. Claudia Gorbman. New York: Columbia UP, 1999. 17-29. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


Corbin, Alain. “From a Deduced to a Proclaimed Sensibility,” from Village Bells: Sound and Meaning in the 19th Century French Countryside. Trans. Martin Thom. Cambridge: Papermac, 1999. 287-391. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


Goodman, Steve. Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect and the Ecology of Fear. Cambridge: MIT P, 2012.


Kafka, Franz. “The Burrow” from The Burrow: Posthumously Published Short Fiction. Trans. Michael Hofmann. London: Penguin, 2017. 183-220.


Kramer, Lawrence. “Classical Music and Its Values” from Why Classical Music Still Matters. Berkeley: U California P, 2009. 1-34 (plus notes, 227-229).


Lyotard, Jean-François. “Music, Mutic” from Postmodern Fables. Trans. Georges Van Den Abbeele.  Minneapolis: U Minnesota P, 1997. 217-233. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


Nancy, Jean-Luc. “Ascoltando” from Listen: A History of Our Ears by Peter Szendy. Trans. Charlotte Mandell. New York: Fordham, 2008. 1x-xiii.


___. “Listening” from Listening. Trans. Charlotte Mandrell.  New York: Fordham, 2007. 1-22 (plus notes, 69-75).


___. “Sense and Truth” from The Sense of the World. Trans. Jeffrey Librett. Minneapolis: U Minnesota P, 2008. 12-15.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


Noudelmann, François. “Philosophical Aurality” from PMLA 135:2 (2020): 412 – 418.


Reznikoff, Iegor. “On the Sound Related to Painted Caves and Rocks” from Sounds Like Theory. Eds. Janne Ikäeimo, Anna-Kaisa Salmi and Tiina Äikäs. Helsinki: Archaeological Society of Finland, 2014. 101-109.


Rosolato, Guy. “The Voice: Between Body and Language” from Voices. Ed. Christopher Phillips. Rotterdam: Distributed Art Publishers, 1998. No pagination.  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 14/01/2021) 


Schaeffer, Pierre. “Acousmatics” from Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music. Eds. Christopher Cox and Daniel Warner. London: Continuum, 2017. 76-81. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


Schafer, R. Murray. Soundscapes: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World.


Szendy, Peter. “Entrance: The Spies of Jericho” and “Discipline and Listen” from All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage. Trans. Roland Végsō. New York: Fordham, 2017. 1-7 and 9-23 (plus notes, 124-127).   


Thoreau, Henry David. “Sounds” from Walden, Civil Disobedience and Other Writings. Ed. William Rossi. New York: Norton, 2016. 78-90. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

This list was last updated on 11/12/2020