sound studies

I came across an interesting definition of sound studies and thought I’d share it:

“The new discipline of ‘sound studies’ takes as its subject what might be called the sociology of sound- how styles of recorded music interact with social aspirations and the friction of economic classes, producing a map of music listening that has more to do with money and mass culture than with the way neurons trigger and ears organize.”

-Adam Gopnik in “Music To Your Ears,” published in the January 29, 2013 issue of the New Yorker on page 37

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