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Wired for Sound
Engineering and Technologies in Sonic Cultures
Paul D. Greene, ed.; Thomas Porcello, ed.


2004 • 304 pp. 20 illus., 3 tables 6 x 9"
Music / Cultural Studies

$26.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6517-4
$20.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7062-8

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Ethnographically-grounded studies of technology in global music.

Wired for Sound is the first anthology to address the role of sound engineering technologies in the shaping of contemporary global music. Wired sound is at the basis of digital audio editing, multi-track recording, and other studio practices that have powerfully impacted the world's music. Distinctions between musicians and engineers increasingly blur, making it possible for people around the globe to imagine new sounds and construct new musical aesthetics. This collection of 11 essays employs primarily ethnographical, but also historical and psychological, approaches to examine a range of new, technology-intensive musics and musical practices such as: fusions of Indian film-song rhythms, heavy metal, and gamelan in Jakarta; urban Nepali pop which juxtaposes heavy metal, Tibetan Buddhist ritual chant, rap, and Himalayan folksongs; collaborations between Australian aboriginals and sound engineers; the production of “heaviness” in heavy metal music; and the production of the “Austin sound.” This anthology is must reading for anyone interested in the global character of contemporary music technology.

CONTRIBUTORS: Harris M. Berger, Beverley Diamond, Cornelia Fales, Ingemar Grandin, Louise Meintjes, Frederick J. Moehn, Karl Neunfeldt, Timothy D. Taylor, Jeremy Wallach.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“In the growing literature on the relationship between technology and music, this book stands out by virtue of the sheer diversity of its subject matter and approach: from North America to South Africa to Nepal, from Indigenous music to Techno.” —Paul Théberge, author of Any Sound You Can Imagine

Wired for Sound is essential reading in the new cultural study of music and sound. The essays give us clearly grounded theory and compelling ethnography.”Steven Feld, Professor of Anthropology and Music, University of New Mexico


Winner of the Society for Ethnmusicology's Klaus Wachsmann Award (2006)

PAUL D. GREENE is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Pennsylvania State University. THOMAS PORCELLO is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Vassar College.

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