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Do Signals Have Politics? Inscribing Abilities in Cochlear Implants  

Mara Mills

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012
This article discusses autoexperiments, field notes, and laboratory tests on the hardware and software of cochlear implants. Electroacoustic devices resist seeing-through. Yet in the case ... More

Inner and Outer Sancta: Earplugs and Hospitals  

Hillel Schwartz

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012
This article explores the inner and outer sancta of noise, focusing on the hospital setting as the outer, and earplugs as the inner sancta. Hospitals were sanctuaries from the noise of the ... More

iPod Culture: The Toxic Pleasures of Audiotopia  

Michael Bull

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012
The study of iPod use throws light on users' attitudes toward public places, others, and their own cognitive management of experience. This article analyzes the nature of the pleasures of ... More

Online Music Sites as Sonic Sociotechnical Communities: Identity, Reputation, and Technology at ACIDplanet.com  

Trevor Pinch and Katherine Athanasiades

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012
This article focuses upon one form of digital music making that is created and shared among Internet users. Websites dedicated to this new form of musical production and consumption are ... More

The Recording That Never Wanted to Be Heard and Other Stories of Sonification  

Jonathan Sterne and Mitchell Akiyama

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012
This article uses the story of the phonautograph as a way of investigating the development of a cluster of practices called “sonification,” or the transformation of nonsonic data into ... More

The Search for the “Killer Application”: Drawing the Boundaries around the Sonification of Scientific Data  

Alexandra Supper

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012
While the ears interpret information all the time, the usage of sound to represent scientific data remains contested. This article deals with the sonification of scientific data. It ... More

The Sonic Playpen: Sound Design and Technology in Pixar’s Animated Shorts  

William Whittington

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012
This article deals with the nuances of sound design and management in Pixar's animated shorts. It begins with discussing the concept, and emergence, of animation in films and sound ... More

Sound and Player Immersion in Digital Games  

Mark Grimshaw

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012
This article deals with the use of sound in digital games. It reveals how the design of sound for such a medium contributes to player immersion in the game world. Following this, the ... More

Visibly Audible: The Radio Dial as Mediating Interface  

Andreas Fickers

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012
This article deals with the radio dial as a mediating interface. It begins with briefly tracing the early history of amateur radio technology and its advent as a sensorial revolution. It ... More

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