Department of Anthropology

Vibrating Matter: On Soundproofing, Airport Noise, and Easy Listening

Speaker: Marina Peterson

Fri, October 4, 2019 | ETC 2.136

4:00 PM

Vibrating Matter: On Soundproofing, Airport Noise, and Easy Listening

Vibrating Matter explores how noise brings into being emergent materialities while newly shaping listening spaces.  In the 1960s, jet noise disrupted the continuity between indoors and out made possible by the pacific climate of southern California.  In response, residential soundproofing turned urban life inward, closing holes in homes and fortifying an otherwise permeable skin.  This was also the era of a cultivation of a new kind of listening, in which hi-fidelity audio technologies oriented people toward recorded sound and away from environmental sound – and noise.  While the aim was to diminish the sensorial effects of unwanted entanglements, here I address how soundproofing makes evident the resonance of matter, “lively sound” animating the matter of walls and windows, the atmospheric materialized in the membrane of the home.

http://www.texasacoustics.org/current-seminars

Sponsored by: Cockrell School of Engineering Graduate Program in Acoustics

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