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Noise Matters: Towards an Ontology of Noise

byGreg Hainge

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Everyone knows what noise is. Or do they? Can we in fact say that one man's noise is another teenager's music? Is noise in fact only an auditory phenomenon or does it extend far beyond this realm? If our common definitions of noise are necessarily subjective and noise is not just unpleasant sound, then it merits a closer look (or listen). Greg Hainge sets out to define noise in this way, to find within it a series of operations common across its multiple manifestations that allow us to apprehend it as something other than a highly subjective term that tells us very little. Examining a wide range of texts, including Sartre's novel Nausea and David Lynch's iconic films Eraserhead and Inland Empire, Hainge investigates some of the Twentieth Century's most infamous noisemongers to suggest that they're not that noisy after all; and it finds true noise in some surprising places. The result is a thrilling and illuminating study of sound and culture.
Greg Hainge is Reader in French and Head of the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Capitalism and Schizophrenia in the Later Novels of Louis-Ferdinand C¿line and has published widely on cinema, music, critical theory and French literature.
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Title:Noise Matters: Towards an Ontology of NoiseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:February 28, 2013Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction SECTION 1. Chapter 1. The (not so) Noisy Elephants in the Room. Chapter 2. Noisea. Chapter 3. Noise, Horror, Death. SECTION 2. Chapter 4. On the Difficulties of Attending to Noise. Chapter 5. On the Difficulties of Listening to Noise. SECTION 3. Chapter 6. On Noise and Film. Planet, Rabbit, Lynch. Chapter 7. On Noise and Photography. Forest, Fuzz, Ruff. Chapter 8. On Noise and Music. Concrete (reprise), Woolly Mammoth. Conclusion

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The originality of Hainge's work is in its philosophical method...He systematically unpacks noise to reveal its complexity, and its materiality in the virtual and actual worlds. Traversing many rich and wide-ranging topics, his book moves beyond the potential traps of falling into truisms, offering a highly nuanced reading of noise in all its materializations.