LaBelle, Brandon. Acoustic territories: sound culture and everyday life / by Brandon LaBelle. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN . Brandon LaBelle traces auditory life through a topographic structure: Acoustic Territories uncovers the embedded tensions and potentiality. of Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life, Brandon LaBelle’s wide -ranging investigation into the function of sound as a binding, relational.

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Sound Culture and Everyday Life offers an expansive reading of auditory life. It provides a careful consideration of the performative dynamics inherent to sound culture and acts of listening, and discusses how auditory studies may illuminate understandings of contemporary society. Combining research on urbanism, popular culture and auditory issues, Acoustic Territories opens up multiple perspectives – it challenges debates surrounding noise pollution and charts an “acoustic politics of space” by unfolding auditory experience as located within larger cultural histories and related ideologies.

Brandon LaBelle traces auditory life through a topographic structure: This structure follows sound as it appears in specific auditory designs, as it is mobilized within various cultural projects, and queries how it comes to circulate through everyday life as a medium for social transformation.

Acoustic Territories uncovers the embedded tensions and potentiality inherent to sound as it exists in the everyday spaces around us. From the underground to the sky, this groundbreaking book explores the sonorities of everyday life, identifies the major stakes and challenges, and leads us brilliantly towards an auditory paradigm of urban experience. In doing so, he makes a valuable contribution to the expanding field of sonic research” -Peg Rawes, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London Author article and book mention in The Wire, April “LaBelle, a sound artist and an academic, writes with a fluid brillianceabout the way that sound interacts with the other elements of ourexperience with a kind of comprehension and comprehensiveness that cansuggest Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media or Siegfried Giedion’s Mechanization Takes Command ,resulting in a visionary tome linking history, subcultures and streetart.

It’s not a book about music per se, but it’s hard to imagine areading of it not interacting creatively with anyone’s thinking onmusical practice and meaning. LaBelle has a kind of accepting overview that I can’t help admiring. It’s too easy to simply decry noise pollution or the behaviouralengineering of public space without actually exploring what a specificevent might mean e.


It’s an ability that makesthis one of the more stimulating reads of the year. Brandon LaBelle is an artist and writer working with sound culture and locational identities. His previous book, Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Artwas published in also by Continuum. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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The Complete Edition, in a New Translation. The Sound Studies Reader. Review ” Acoustic Territories takes account of contemporary urban space by listening to it Continuum April 1, Language: Start reading Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life on your Kindle in under a minute. Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.

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bradnon It has an amazing content approaching the sounds to urban spaces and buildings as acoustic territories. Despite its good quality content, it could offer a little more technical approach to sounds in terms of features, composition, issues, and explore the great urban problem of noise and sound pollution, as well. LaBelle explores evocative language and “case studies” of sorts to convey his theoretical understanding of “sound culture and everyday life.

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I really appreciated LaBelle’s brief critique of acoustic ecology in his last book Background Noiseso I had high hopes for this one – especially as the title seems to announce an even more direct engagement with the role of the soundscape in everyday life.

Unfortunately the book fails to significantly develop the argument from the last book in any substantial way. Instead, it pedals around its topic for over pages, labekle chapters very loosely oriented around archetypal urban spaces underground, home, sidewalk, street, shopping mall, sky.


LaBelle often departs from focusing on sound culture in particular to rhapsodize about urban space more generally. This isn’t inherently a problem, except the book switches subjects so rapidly every few pages it often fails to convince on any given point.

LaBelle breezily quotes all manner of theorists and artists without contextualizing their work or territorirs their ideas into a larger argument of his own. This left me wishing that the author had at least done some ‘everyday life’ research on his own, but there isn’t much in this respect aside from a few personal anecdotes. Perhaps tellingly, the book lacks a concluding chapter or even a concluding paragraph!

And at that point he wasn’t really talking about skies anyway. See all 3 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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