For most people most of the time, sound is one of the unconsidered ubiquities, as transparent to scrutiny as the air that carries it. To the extent it gets reasoned consideration at all it is as a means to such ends as talk or music--as a means, in other words, to the ends first of communication and second of entertainment. Beyond the foreground made up of these organized activities lies the free-form, often purposeless jumble of the sounds of footsteps in gravel, bird song, passing trucks, the wind--an incessant background to our lives from which details often emerge that play an important part in orientation.
This book sets out to consider what influence the specific character of the means, in the case of sound, may have had on the form taken by its ends of communication in man; and what the consequences for man's nature may have been of adapting to . . .
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