The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want

The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want

A Book About Noise

Book - 2010
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Like Edward Tenner’s Why Things Bite Back: The Revenge of Unintended Consequences (1996), this engaging book explores the unforeseen (and sometimes unwanted) side effects of our inventive natures. We usually use the word noise as a pejorative, a term denoting unwanted sound: somebody’s loud music, a blaring car alarm, the din from a nearby airport. But, as Keizer points out, noise is often—perhaps even usually—a product of human achievement, invention, or ambition. In broad terms, you can’t have civilization without noise. You can’t have construction without it, or some forms of entertainment, or mass transit. The author explores noise from a number of angles, touching on what he calls the logic of the loud (my noise is my right, says the noisemaker) and the curious fact that the phrase making noise is now an anachronism (because most noise is automatic these days, produced by machines). An enlightening look at an issue most of us ignore.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586485528
Branch Call Number: 363.74 KEIZER
Characteristics: viii, 385 p. ; 25 cm


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Keizer discusses noise throughout history and how the meaning of unwanted sound has changed over time.

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Jan 30, 2011

Keizer really brings his point home... again and again. There's a nice set of noise/sound resources at the end of the book, including a list of best practices ("a personal noise code").


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