27 August 2014

Extreme Noise - Airs Aug 27th

Revolution and War from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In Paris 1789, politics moves out of the palaces and into the streets... as the hushed voice of court diplomacy gives way to the angry howls of the crowd. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces the noises of revolutionary Paris, before traveling to the USA to explain how an 'acoustic shadow' helped the Confederate forces launch a surprise attack during the American Civil War. Plus, the eerie sound of the 'rebel yell.'

The Conquering Engines from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Henry David Thoreau is one of his history’s great listeners. His classic work ‘Walden’ is dense with descriptions of the natural sounds he discovered when he swapped his Concord home for a simple cabin in the woods. But his peace was disturbed by a penetrating noise that presaged the age to come: the snort of the iron horse. Professor Hendy explains how the sounds of nature gave way before the coming of the industrial din.

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