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Vol. 1 No. 2 (2020): Soundscapes, Sonic Cultures, and American Studies

In Praise of Discord: Beyond Harmony in Historical Acoustemology

October 18, 2020


This piece explores writing on historical acoustemology.  It charts the emergence of the field, identifies its strengths and weaknesses,  and calls for greater critical engagement amongst its practitioners.


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