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This book takes on entirely new territory in the still-emerging scholarship on our aural history and does so with panache and clarity. It is an exemplar of how the history of technology and culture should be done.(Susan Douglas, Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor, University of Michigan)
A good book opens your eyes; this one opens your ears as well.(Stuart W. Leslie, Department of the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, The Johns Hopkins University)
...an absorbing book, as accessible in its technical content as it is provocative in its cultural interpretations.(Daniel J. Kevles The New York Review of Books)
...enlivened by copious photographs and architectural illustrations -- a valuable source.(Tom Perchard The Wire (UK))
This is a marvelous book and a seminal primer on how and why technology modified our taste.(Derek Sugden The Architectural Review)
Thompson's narrative is elegantly written and wonderfully engaging.(Leon Botstein, Los Angeles Times Book Review)
The Soundscape of Modernity describes the modern development of acoustics in wonderful and easily understood detail.(John Bishop The American Organist)
My review will be brief. I basically agree with several other reviewers. This book is well written. Given that it is an MIT Press publication it is academic in approach. Read morePublished on July 29, 2007 by J. Nickell