- Preface to Volume 1
- Anytime, Anywhere? An Introduction to the Devices, Markets, and Theories of Mobile Music
- How the MP3 Became Ubiquitous
- Is a Download a Performance?
- Divisible Mobility: Music in an Age of Cloud Computing
- iPod Use, Mediation, and Privatization in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
- Changing Cultural Coordinates: The Transistor Radio and Space, Time, and Identity
- Labor, Machines, IVR-Enabled Automated Call Centers, and the Design of an Audible Workplace
- Mobile Semiotics
- Calling My Name: Sound, Orality, and the Cell Phone Contact List
- What Is That Noise? An Analysis of Sound Quality and Music in Mobile Devices
- Aural Armor: Charting the Militarization of the iPod in Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Cochlear Implants after Fifty Years: A History and an Interview with Charles Graser
- Music Ethnography and Recording Technology in the Unbound Digital Era
- Forever and Ever: Mobile Music in the Life of Young Teens
- Earbuds Are Good for Sharing: Children’s Headphones as Social Media at a Vermont School
- Can You Hear Us Now? Ringtones and Politics in the Contemporary Philippines
- Stereos in the City: Moving Through Music in South India
- Urban Echoes: The Boombox and Sonic Mobility in the 1980s
- Mexican Mobile Music: Una Convergencia con Sabor
- Music Piracy, Commodities, and Value: Digital Media in the Indian Marketplace
- A Tale of Two Countries: Online Radio in the United States and Japan
- Mobile Tactics in the Brazilian Independent Music Industry
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter analyzes the cochlear implant as a new acoustic medium. An introductory essay places cochlear implants in a longer tradition of experimentation with the electrical stimulation of hearing. This historical survey is paired with an interview Mills conducted with Charles Graser, an early research subject who field-tested several implant models beginning in the 1970s. Excerpts from Graser’s journals and field notes are included, which detail his novel acoustic experiences and his attempts to domesticate the technology.
Mara Mills is Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School, New York University.
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