Epistemes of Modern Acoustics

Epistemes of Modern Acoustics

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Sound cage for experiments in sound localization, in Matataro Matsumoto, “Researches on Acoustic Space”, Studies from the Yale Psychological Laboratory, 5, 1897, 1-75: 3.

“Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” initiates an intensive consideration of sound in its dual function as an object of scientific investigation and as an epistemic tool. The group thus focuses firstly on the religious, political, and artistic practices, the media technologies, and the material cultures that prompted a new study of the nature and perception of sound in the modern period. Secondly, we look at acoustic strategies of knowledge production. What historical knowledge could be acquired or represented only acoustically? When and how were acoustic apparatuses, instruments, and machines deployed as alternative means of research?

These questions are answered through historical case studies in the field of acoustic subdisciplines such as bioacoustics, electroacoustics, and underwater acoustics, or more specifically through phenomena such as acoustic memory, the materials of musical instruments, elevator music, audiometry, and sound photography. 

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Contact address: officeacoustics@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de