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Static in the system : noise and the soundscape of American cinema culture

Summary: "Static in the System analyzes the relationship between American aural cultural history and cinema. Focusing specifically on the field of cinema culture--the envelope that surrounds and conditions our experience of cinema as an art form--Meredith C. Ward discusses how the aural culture of a given time period has enabled certain types of listening cultures to form. Analyzing which forms of listening have been dominant in various periods, she also discusses how noise--that commonly used but little-understood term--helps us to make sense of the ongoing conflicts underlying these moments, and where we have, historically, set the limits of 'desirable' and 'undesirable' sound"--Provided by publisher.

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  • OCLC: on1048661626
  • ISBN: 0520299485
  • ISBN: 9780520299481
  • ISBN: 0520299477
  • ISBN: 9780520299474
  • ISBN: 0520971191
  • ISBN: 9780520971196
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 238 pages) : illustrations.
  • Published: Oakland, California :University of California Press,[2019]
  • Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Introduction : noise and the concept of the cinema soundscape -- Songs of the sonic body : noise and the sounds of early motion picture audiences -- The film industry lays the golden egg : noise, electro-acoustics, and the academy's adjustment to film sound -- "Machines for listening" : cinema auditoriums as vehicles for aural absorption -- Cinema theaters as antiquated as "Edison and his wax cylinders" : mobile technologies and the negotiation of public noise -- Conclusion : noises we will be hearing soon.
Source of Description Note: Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 05, 2019).
Subject: Motion picture theaters -- United States
Motion picture audiences -- United States
MUSIC / History & Criticism
Motion picture audiences
Motion picture theaters
United States
Genre: Electronic books.

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