Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear: by Steve Goodman, Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 2009, 296 pp., $25.00 (pb), ISBN 9780262517959

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Abstract

There are few texts with a premise as seductive as that of Sonic Warfare, the first monograph by philosopher and musician Steve Goodman. A decade ago, Goodman weaved together a sonic-materialist philosophy with analyses of aesthetic, military, and corporate deployments of sonic weapons. Notably, the work pays attention to the materialism of Afro-diasporic sound system culture, reflecting the author’s own activities in this space as Kode9, a DJ-producer in London, where he contributed to the early development of dubstep and remains the owner-operator of the record label Hyperdub. In this retrospective review, I celebrate ten years since Sonic Warfare’s publication and reflect on its significance to Sound Studies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2021

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  • Centre for Black Humanities

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