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Palgrave Studies in Sound

Sound at the Edge of Perception

The Aural Minutiae of Sand and other Worldly Murmurings

Authors: Street, Seán

  • Provides a novel, philosophical perspective of sound, concerned with the emotional effect of 'moments of sound', and our potential to develop deeper responses to these events
  • Offers an engaging narrative style told from perspective of a poet, an academic and a radio practitioner
  • Explores the significance lying in the often-missed sounds of life, and attempts to champion an attentiveness to them
  • Deconstructs the world's orchestra, uncovering the subtleties that lie almost concealed in the sound work of which we are a part
  • Based principally on the author's own reflections drawn from a lifetime of gathering and listening to and for sounds in documentaries and features, and attempting to translate the world into words in poetry
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About this book

This book is about the tiny sounds of the world, and listening to them, the minute signals that are clues to who and where we are. A very small sound, given the context of its history, becomes hugely significant, and even an imagined sound in a picture becomes almost a voice. By speaking a name, we give a person back to the world, and a breath, a sigh, a laugh or a cry need no language. A phoneme is the start of all stories, and were we able to tune ourselves to the subtleties of the natural world, we might share the super-sensitivity of members of the bird and animal kingdom to sense the message in the apparent silence. Mind hears sound when it perceives an image; the book will appeal to sonic and radio practitioners, students of sound, those working in the visual arts, and creative writers.

About the authors

Seán Street is Emeritus Professor of Radio at Bournemouth University, UK. Previous books include The Poetry of Radio, The Memory of Sound and Sound Poetics. As a poet, he has published nine collections, the most recent being Camera Obscura, and has edited an anthology of poems about radio, entitled Radio Waves.

Reviews

“Seán Street is one of our great listeners and one of our finest interpreters of listening. This book uses literature, the visual arts, music, radio, the sounds of the natural world, and silence, to explore the deepest meanings of sound, or, as he writes in his last sentence, “all the murmurs in the whispering world”.” (Piers Plowright, Radio Features Producer)

“Professor Seán Street is one of our most important philosopher poets. He brings to the art of sound and radio an aesthetic conscience and creative intellect that finds the auricular heart in a grain of sand. He can articulate the meaning in those murmurings of past hearing that rest dormant in our listening memory only to be awakened by the poetic inspiration of our everyday soundscape. This beautiful book explores resonance and advances our understanding of T.S. Eliot's concept of the auditory imagination.” (Professor Tim Crook, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Bell of Józef Czechowicz—The Importance of Minute Sound Moments

    Street, Seán

    Pages 1-20

  • The Notes of Human Music

    Street, Seán

    Pages 21-41

  • Making the Moment Singable

    Street, Seán

    Pages 43-62

  • Signals from Near and Far Shores: Voices from the Natural World

    Street, Seán

    Pages 63-86

  • Speak My Name: The Ownership of Syllables

    Street, Seán

    Pages 87-105

Buy this book

eBook £39.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-1613-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-1612-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sound at the Edge of Perception
Book Subtitle
The Aural Minutiae of Sand and other Worldly Murmurings
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Sound
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-1613-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-1613-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-1612-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 138
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