Jean-François Augoyard, Henry Torgue (eds.): Sonic Experience: A Guide to Everyday Sounds (1995/2006)

22 January 2014, dusan

“Never before has the everyday soundtrack of urban space been so cacophonous. Since the 1970s, sound researchers have attempted to classify noise, music, and everyday sounds using concepts such as Pierre Schaeffer’s sound object and R. Murray Schafer’s soundscape. Recently, the most significant team of soundscape researchers in the world has been concerned with the effects of sounds on listeners.

In a multidisciplinary work spanning musicology, electro-acoustic composition, architecture, urban studies, communication, phenomenology, social theory, physics, and psychology, Jean-François Augoyard, Henry Torgue, and their associates at the Centre for Research on Sonic Space and the Urban Environment (CRESSON) in Grenoble, France, provide an alphabetical sourcebook of eighty sonic/auditory effects. Their accounts of sonic effects such as echo, anticipation, vibrato, and wha-wha integrate information about the objective physical spaces in which sounds occur with cultural contexts and individual auditory experience. Sonic Experience attempts to rehabilitate general acoustic awareness, combining accessible definitions and literary examples with more in-depth technical information for specialists.”

First published À l’écoute de l’environnement: Repertoire des effets sonores, Editions Parenthèses, 1995

English edition
With a Foreword by R. Murray Schafer
Translated by Andra McCartney and David Paquette
Publisher McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006
ISBN 0773576916, 9780773576919
230 pages

Review: Kate Galloway (U Toronto Quarterly, 2007).



Rebecca Solnit: Wanderlust: A History of Walking (2000)

1 October 2013, dusan

“Drawing together many histories — of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores — Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction — from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton’s Nadja — finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.”

Publisher Penguin, 2000
ISBN 0670882097, 9780670882090
326 pages

Reviews: Andrew O’Hehir (Salon), Joseph Anthony Amato (Journal of Social History).


Geoff Waite: Nietzsche’s Corps/e: Aesthetics, Politics, Prophecy, or, the Spectacular Technoculture of Everyday Life (1996)

17 September 2013, dusan

“Appearing in 1996 between two historical touchstones—the alleged end of communism and the 100th anniversary of Nietzsche’s death—this book offers a provocative hypothesis about the philosopher’s afterlife and the fate of leftist thought and culture. At issue is the relation of the dead Nietzsche (corpse) and his written work (corpus) to subsequent living Nietzscheanism across the political spectrum, but primarily among a leftist corps that has been programmed and manipulated by concealed dimensions of the philosopher’s thought. If anyone is responsible for what Geoff Waite maintains is the illusory death of communism, it is Nietzsche, the man and concept.

Waite advances his argument by bringing Marxist—especially Gramscian and Althusserian—theories to bear on the concept of Nietzsche/anism. But he also goes beyond ideological convictions to explore the vast Nietzschean influence that proliferates throughout the marketplace of contemporary philosophy, political and literary theory, and cultural and technocultural criticism. In light of a philological reconstruction of Nietzsche’s published and unpublished texts, Nietzsche’s Corps/e shuttles between philosophy and everyday popular culture and shows them to be equally significant in their having been influenced by Nietzsche—in however distorted a form and in a way that compromises all of our best interests.

Controversial in its “decelebration” of Nietzsche, this remarkable study asks whether the postcontemporary age already upon us will continue to be dominated and oriented by the haunting spectre of Nietzsche’s corps/e. Philosophers, intellectual historians, literary theorists, and those interested in western Marxism, popular culture, Friedrich Nietzsche, and the intersection of French and German thought will find this book both appealing and challenging.”

Publisher Duke University Press, 1996
ISBN 0822317192, 9780822317197
xii+564 pages

Review: Douglas Kellner (Illuminations, (2)), Ricardo Dominguez (Thing, 1996), Carl Pletsch and James A. Winders (Modernism/modernity, 1998), Tracy B. Strong (New Nietzsche Studies, 1998), Paul Bishop (Modern Language Rev, 1999), Richard E. Joines (Rethinking Marxism, 2001, (2)).



See also Pierre Klossowski’s Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle (1969–)