Noise by David Hendy

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...as soon as enough material is amassed for a radio episode, we're hurried along to the next chapter. It means, for all its impressive intentions, Noise can annoy.
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In prehistoric caves, drummers used natural acoustics to recreate natural sound. In classical Europe, orators turned the human voice into a lyrical instrument. In Buddhist temples, the icons' ears were exaggerated to represent their spiritual power. And in modern metropolises we are battered by the roar of sound that surrounds us. In the first narrative history of the subject which puts humans at its centre, and coinciding with the author's major Radio 4 series on the same subject, acclaimed historian David Hendy describes the history of noise - which is also the history of listening. As he puts it himself: 'By thinking about sound and listening, I want to get closer to what it felt like to live in the past or be caught up in the major events of history. The book is a chance for readers to discover more of the personal and social background to those stories featured in the radio series.' This unusual book reveals fascinating changes in how we have understood our fellow human humans and the world around us. For although we might see ourselves inhabiting a visual world, our lives are shaped by our need to hear and be heard.
 

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David Hendy studied history at St Andrews and Oxford, before joining the BBC in 1987. For the next six years he worked 'worked in current affairs, producing series such as The World Tonight and Analysis on Radio Four. During his time at the BBC he worked on programmes covering the first Gulf War andthe collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as a range of domestic British political events. Since 1993, he has been teaching about broadcasting and media history at the University of Westminster in London, where he is currently Reader in Media and Communication. He continues to contribute to - andoccasionally produce - radio programmes in Britain and overseas.
 
Published January 1, 2013 by Profile Books Ltd. 288 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference.
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Reviewed by Ben East on Apr 13 2013

...as soon as enough material is amassed for a radio episode, we're hurried along to the next chapter. It means, for all its impressive intentions, Noise can annoy.

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