Reading List

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General introduction to sound/sonic arts

  • Cox, Christoph and Daniel Warner. Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music. Continuum, 2004.
  • Labelle, Brandon. Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art. Continuum International Publishing Group, 2006.
  • Norman, Katharine. Sounding Art: Eight Literary Excursions Through Electronic Music. Aldershot UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2004.


Further reading

  • Attali, Jacques. Noise: The Political Economy of Music (Theory and History of Literature, Vol. 16) Unknown Edition By Jacques Attali (1985). Univ Of Minnesota Press, 1001.
  • Kahn, Douglas. Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts. The MIT Press, 2001.
  • Sterne, Jonathan. The Sound Studies Reader. Routledge, 2012.
  • Schafer, R. Murray. The Soundscape : Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World. Rochester, Vt [United States]: Destiny Books Distributed to the book trade in the United States by American International Distribution Corp, 1994.
  • Smalley, Denis. “Spectromorphology: Explaining Sound-Shapes.” Organised sound 2, no. 2 (1997): 107–26.
  • Ihde, Don. Listening and Voice: Phenomenologies of Sound. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007.
  • Engström, Andreas and Åsa Stjerna. “Sound Art or Klangkunst? A Reading of the German and English Literature on Sound Art.” Organised Sound 14, no. 01 (2009): 11–18.
  • Carlyle, Angus and Cathy Lane. On Listening. Uniformbooks, 2013.
  • Chion, Michel. Audio-vision : Sound on Screen. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.
  • Emmerson, Simon. The Language of Electroacoustic Music. Palgrave Macmillan, 1986.
  • Kelly, Caleb. Sound (whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art). The MIT Press, 2011.
  • Lucier, Alvin. Chambers: Scores. Weslyan University Press, 1980.
  • Pinch, Trevor and Karin Bijsterveld. The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies (oxford Handbooks in Music). OUP USA, 2012.
  • Dean, Roger T. The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music (Oxford Handbooks). Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • LaBelle, Brandon. Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life. New York: Continuum, 2010.
  • Schæffer, Pierre. In Search of a Concrete Music. University of California Press, 2012.
  • Simoni, Mary. Analytical Methods of Electroacoustic Music (studies on New Music Research). Routledge, 2006.
  • Sterne, Jonathan. The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.
  • Szendy, Peter. and Jean-Luc. Nancy. Listen: a History of Our Ears. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.