Long ignored by scholars in the humanities, sound has just begun to take its place as an important object of study in the last few years. Since the late 19th century, there has been a paradigmatic shift in auditory cultures and practices in European societies. This change was brought about by modern phenomena such as urbanization, industrialization and mechanization, the rise of modern sciences, and of course the emergence of new sound recording and transmission media. This book contributes to our understanding of modern European history through the lens of sound by examining diverse subjects such as performed and recorded music, auditory technologies like the telephone and stethoscope, and the ambient noise of the city.
Daniel Morat is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the History Department of the Free University Berlin. He currently holds a Dilthey Fellowship from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and since 2012 has directed the international research network "Auditory Knowledge in Transition: An Epistemic History of Listening in Modernity." His publications include Von der Tat zur Gelassenheit. Konservatives Denken bei Martin Heidegger, Ernst Juenger und Friedrich Georg Juenger 1920-1960 (Goettingen 2007).
List of Figures Introduction Daniel Morat Part I: Sound History in Perspective Chapter 1. Futures of Hearing Pasts Mark M. Smith Part II: Literature, Science, and Sound Technologies in the 19th Century Chapter 2. English Beat: The Stethoscopic Era's Sonic Traces John M. Picker Chapter 3. The Human Telephone: Physiology, Neurology, and Sound Technologies Anthony Enns Part III: Sound Objects as Artifacts of Attraction Chapter 4. Listening to the Horn: On the Cultural History of the Phonograph and the Gramophone Stefan Gauss Chapter 5. Phones, Horns, and "Audio Hoods" as Media of Attraction: Early Sound Histories in Vienna between 1883 and 1933 Christine Ehardt Part IV: Music Listening in the Laboratory and in the Concert Hall Chapter 6. From the Piano Pestilence to the Phonograph Solo: Four Case Studies of Musical Expertise in the Laboratory and on the City Street Alexandra E. Hui Chapter 7. The Invention of Silence: Audience Behavior in Berlin and London in the Nineteenth Century Sven Oliver Mueller Part V: The Sounds of World War I Chapter 8. Cheers, Songs, and Marching Sounds: Acoustic Mobilization and Collective Affects at the Beginning of World War I Daniel Morat Chapter 9. Listening on the Home Front: Music and the Production of Social Meaning in German Concert Halls during World War I Hansjakob Ziemer Part VI: Auditory Cultures in the Interwar Period Chapter 10. In Storms of Steel: The Soundscape of World War I and its Impact on Auditory Media Culture During the Weimar Period Axel Volmar Chapter 11. Sound Aesthetics and the Global Imagination in German Media Culture around 1930 Carolyn Birdsall Chapter 12. Neurasthenia, Civilization and the Sounds of Modern Life: Narratives of Nervous Illness in the Interwar Campaign against Noise James Mansell Part VII: The Sounds of World War II Chapter 13. The Silence of Amsterdam before and during World War II: Ecology, Semiotics and Politics of Urban Sound Annelies Jacobs Notes on Contributors Index