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The Acoustic City edited by Matthew Gandy and BJ Nilsen

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The Acoustic City edited by Matthew Gandy and BJ Nilsen

Published by Jovis Verlag, 2015 (224pp; paperback)

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The Acoustic City consists of a series of essays based on sound and the city and is accompanied by a specially commissioned CD with contributions from Felix Blume, Ekkehard Ehlers, Yui Onodera, Schneider TM and more.

The book comprises five thematic sections: urban soundscapes with an emphasis on the distinctiveness of the urban acoustic realm; acoustic flânerie and the recording of sonic environments; sound cultures arising from specific associations between music, place, and sound; acoustic ecologies including relationships between architecture, sound, and urban design; and the politics of noise extending to different instances of anxiety or conflict over sound. This innovative essay collection will be of interest to a wide range of disciplines including architecture, cultural studies, geography, musicology, and urban sociology.

Contributors include: Matthew Gandy, BJ Nilsen, Steve Connor, Nina Power, David Novak, Anders Albrechtslund, Sandra Jasper and more.