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Sonic Experience: A Guide to Everyday Sounds Paperback – April 5, 2006
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"Reading this book is like a stimulating listening experience: I found myself measuring the effects of sounds heard, overheard, or imagined." R. Murray Schafer, composer and author of The Tuning of the World
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It's all right that intriguing terms like this receive brief mention, because the picture starts to come together when they detail the phenomenology of such connected terms as "phonomnesis" or the less-exotic (but no less fascinating) phenomenon of repetition. When they do the longer write-ups, they discuss the phenomenon under several rubrics: Physical and Applied Acoustics, Architecture and Urbanism, Psychology and Physiology of Perception, Musical Aesthetics, Sociology and Everyday Culture, and Textual and Media Expressions. In other words, there is something for every sound enthusiast here. By the end of this book they have trained you to be a researcher in sound phenomenology while only introducing the tip of the iceberg in every case.
My favorite term they present here is "sharawadji," an "exotic term, introduced in Europe in the seventeenth century by travelers returning from China, designat[ing] 'the beauty that occurs with no discernible order or arrangement.'" Augoyard and Torgue go on to outline how sharawadji may occur in all the aforementioned rubrics.
This book is thoroughly French in all the right ways, detailing the romance with sound that characterizes other "French" (or, if you will, Continental) greats like Beckett, Rimbaud, Varese, Cixous, Berio, et al.
If you are a sound romantic like myself or souls like these, this book will likely stay at your side for a good long while.