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Holger Schulze

Sound Works: A Cultural Theory of Sound Design (Book)

Label: Bloomsbury

Format: Book

Genre: Sound Art



What is sound design? What is its function in the early 21st century and into the future? Sound Works examines these questions in four parts: Part 1, "Why This Sound?", presents an overview of the modern history of sound design. Part 2 is highly visual and provides a glance onto a sound designer's workbench and the current state of "Sonic Labor." Part 3 uses cultural analysis to explore our contemporary "Living with Sounds." The final and fourth part then proposes a series of anthropological and political interpretations of how “Sound Works” today.

This book is not a manual on sound design; it instead argues for a cultural theory of sound design for sound designers and sound artists, for clients who commission a sound design and for researchers in the fields of sound studies, design research, and cultural studies.

Holger Schulze is Professor in Musicology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and principal investigator at the Sound Studies Lab. He is the editor of Sound Studies (2008) and Sound as Popular Culture (2016) and author of The Sonic Persona (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Cat. number: 9781501373732
Year: 2020

272 pp
178 x 254 mm

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