Just Beyond Listening: Essays of Sonic Encounter (California Studies in Music, Sound, and Media #5) (Hardcover)
Just Beyond Listening asks how we might think about encounters with sound that complicate standard accounts of aurality. In a series of essays, Michael C. Heller considers how sound functions in dialogue with a range of sensory and affective modalities, including physical co-presence, textual interference, and spectral haunting. The text investigates sound that is experienced in other parts of the body, altered by cross-wirings of the senses, weaponized by the military, or mediated and changed by cultural practices and memory. Building on recent scholarship in sound studies and affect theory, Heller questions not only how sound propagates acoustically but how sonic presences temper our total experience of the world around us.
Michael C. Heller is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. He is author of Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s and founding editor of the journal Jazz and Culture.