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Bibliography Entry Last Updated: 2004-07-24

Jonathan Sterne (2003)

The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction

Duke University Press.

BS co-director Jonathan Sterne's The Audible Past explores the cultural origins of modern sound reproduction technologies -- the telephone, phonograph, radio, microphone, etc. -- in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It tracks the connections between the history of sound and the defining features of modernity: from developments in medicine, physics, and philosophy to the tumultuous shifts of industrial capitalism, colonialism, urbanization, modern technology, and the rise of a new middle class. Sterne offers a new interpretation of sound's significance in modern life and a guide for considering the sweeping changes in sound culture today.