The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World

Schafer, R. Murray


Rochester: Destiny Books.

Language: English

In this comprehensive book, R. Murray Schafer, a pioneer of research in the fields of acoustic ecology and the acoustic environment (the soundscape), discusses his philosophies and theories concerning the soundscape. Much of the material in the book documents and is based on the results of soundscape research undertaken through his World Soundscape Project (now known as the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology). The book also contains a useful glossary of soundscape terms.

Table of contents:

  1. The Natural Soundscape
  2. The Sounds of Life
  3. The Rural Soundscape
  4. From Town to City
  5. The Industrial revolution
  6. The Electric Revolution
  7. Music, The Soundscape and Changing Perceptions
  8. Notation
  9. Classification
  10. Perception
  11. Morphology
  12. Symbolism
  13. Noise
  14. Listening
  15. The Acoustic Community
  16. Rhythm and Tempo in the Soundscape
  17. The Acoustic Designer
  18. The Soniferous Garden
  19. Silence
  20. The Music Beyond