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Nazi soundscapes : sound, technology and urban space in Germany, 1933-1945 / Carolyn Birdsall.

Publication | Digitized | Library Call Number: HM1231 .B575 2012

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    "Following the formation of the German National Socialist Party in the 1920s, various forms of sound (popular music, voice, noise and silence) and media technology (radio and loudspeaker systems) were configured as useful to the party's political programme. Focusing on the urban "soundscape" of Düsseldorf, the author makes a persuasive case for investigating such sound events and technological devices in their specific contexts of production and reception. Nazi Soundscapes identifies strategies for controlling space and reworking identity patterns, but also the ongoing difficulties in manipulating mediated sounds and the spaces of listening reception, whether in the home, workplace, the cinema, public rituals or with wartime siren systems. The study revises visualist notions of social control, and reveals the disciplinary functions of listening (as eavesdropping) as well as the sonic dimensions to exclusion and violence during Nazism. An essential title for everyone interested in the links between German political culture, audiovisual media and urban history, Nazi Soundscapes provides a fascinating analysis of the cultural significance of sound between the 1920s and early 1940s."--Publisher's website.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Birdsall, Carolyn.
    Published
    Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, c2012
    Locale
    Germany
    Contents
    Affirmative resonances in urban space
    The festivalisation of the everyday
    Mobilising sound for the nation at war
    Cinema as a Gesamtkunstwerk?
    Afterword: Echoes of the past.
    Notes
    "This book is published in print and through the online OAPEN library, www.oapen.org"--T.p. verso.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-254) and indexes.
    Affirmative resonances in urban space -- The festivalisation of the everyday -- Mobilising sound for the nation at war -- Cinema as a Gesamtkunstwerk? -- Afterword: Echoes of the past.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9789089644268
    9089644261 (pbk.)
    Additional Form
    Also available in electronic format.
    Physical Description
    272 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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