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Low end theory : bass, bodies and the materiality of sonic experience

Author: Paul C Jasen
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
Series: Bloomsbury music
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Low End Theory probes the much-mythologized field of bass and low-frequency sound. It begins in music but quickly moves far beyond, following vibratory phenomena across time, disciplines and disparate cultural spheres (including hauntings, laboratories, organ workshops, burial mounds, sound art, studios, dancefloors, infrasonic anomalies, and a global mystery called The Hum). Low End Theory asks what it is about  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Jasen, Paul C.
Low end theory
(DLC) 2015029361
(OCoLC)908262508
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul C Jasen
ISBN: 9781501309946 1501309943 9781501309953 1501309951
OCLC Number: 935494334
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Sonic Body: An Ethico-Acoustic Toolkit --
Sonorous relations --
Tales and strategies --
Myth-science in the vibratory milieu --
2. Spectral Catalysis: Disquieting Encounters --
Spectres of the man-made unknown --
Infrasound --
Unhomed --
Boo! (towards an operative reality) --
Hum --
And it was only by analogy that it could be called a sound at all ... ' --
Blinkered science --
We still do not know what a sonic body can do ... --
3. Numinous Strategies --
Learning to play the sonic body --
nervous piano --
Numinous instruments --
Religious audiogenesis --
Numinous sound design --
Playing the resonances --
Tellurian organs --
organ-church assemblage --
Arcanum: an ambulant myth-science --
nervous organ --
Baroque affect engineering --
Gothic assemblage: applied synaesthetics --
4. Tone Scientists I: Vibratory Arts --
Cymatic arts --
Documentary practices --
speculative turn --
Perceptual abstraction --
Transversal strategies --
Incipient dance --
Sonic architectures --
Dance with the Speaker --
`A people of oscillators' --
5. Tone Scientists II: Bass Cults --
Lab --
Science --
Bass science --
Dubplates and mastering --
Engineering the vibratorium --
Affects and affectations --
Entering the rhythmachine --
Three physio-logics --
Jungle (1994) --
Dubstep (2005) --
Footwork (2009).
Series Title: Bloomsbury music
Responsibility: Paul C. Jasen.

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Low End Theory probes the much-mythologized field of bass and low-frequency sound. It begins in music but quickly moves far beyond, following vibratory phenomena across time, disciplines and disparate cultural spheres (including hauntings, laboratories, organ workshops, burial mounds, sound art, studios, dancefloors, infrasonic anomalies, and a global mystery called The Hum). Low End Theory asks what it is about bass that has fascinated us for so long and made it such a busy site of bio-technological experimentation, driving developments in science, technology, the arts, and religious culture. The guiding question is not so much what we make of bass, but what it makes of us: how does it undulate and unsettle; how does it incite; how does it draw bodily thought into new equations with itself and its surroundings? Low End Theory is the first book to survey this sonorous terrain and devise a conceptual language proper to it. With its focus on sound's structuring agency and the multi-sensory aspects of sonic experience, it stands to make a transformative contribution to the study of music and sound, while pushing scholarship on affect, materiality, and the senses into fertile new territory. Through energetic and creative prose, Low End Theory works to put thought in touch with the vibratory encounter as no scholarly book has done before. For more information, visit: http://www.lowendtheorybook.com/

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