The Memory of Sound: Preserving the Sonic Past

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Routledge, Jun 13, 2014 - Social Science - 178 pages

This book explores the connections between sound and memory across all electronic media, with a particular focus on radio. Street explores our capacity to remember through sound and how we can help ourselves preserve a sense of self through the continuity of memory. In so doing, he analyzes how the brain is triggered by the memory of programs, songs, and individual sounds. He then examines the growing importance of sound archives, community radio and current research using GPS technology for the history of place, as well as the potential for developing strategies to aid Alzheimer's and dementia patients through audio memory.

 

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Contents

Echoes and Shadows
1
2 Tell Me a Story
15
Feeding the Imagination
31
Radio Audio and Youth
44
Music in the Moment
59
An Encyclopaedia of Sounds
74
7 Walls Have Voices
95
8 Saving the Sound Spreading the Word
114
9 Holding on to Sounds
129
10 The Future Sound of Memory
144
Radio in the Context of Memory
159
Bibliography
167
Index
173
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Seán Street is Emeritus Professor of Radio at Bournemouth University. He is author of The Poetry of Radio: The Colour of Sound (Routledge, 2012). He is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 and a poet, with nine published collections. He lives in Liverpool, UK.

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