Sound Studies and Theory

To efficiently work with sound it is necessary to understand as much of its character as possible. And sound has many faces. On the one hand we can determine the physical behavior and the physical structure of a sound as we are analyzing it with for instance the help of a spectrum and on the other hand we might analyze the feelings produced by the sound meaning that we take a look into psycho-acoustics to determine possible psychological effects.

Different to visual arts the study of sound seems to be rather small. While artists early on had the brush as a tool to capture their impressions, sound needed the invention of tape recorders which in relation of time has just yet occurred. Since then a specific sound can be captured, discovered and analyzed while repeating and listening to the same sound more than once.

The branch of sound studies and sound theory is comprehensive and reaches from early philosophies of Immanuel Kant over musicians from the past to present, over technology to studies of our acoustic environment like the Soundscape studies of Murray R. Schafer.

Due to my strong interest in sound I’am especially interested in the studies of sound to which I dedicated my master thesis under the title:

The Modularity of Soundscapes – An Analysis of our Acoustic Environment for the purpose of Digital Reproduction

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On Entangled Frequencies I want to share my personal philosophy and ideas about sound and write down problems and solutions I discover during the process of producing and working with sound.

You can find articles in the blog under the category Sound Studies and Theory.

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