Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening

Seminar with Professor David Hendy (University of Sussex, UK) organised by the Department of Communication and media. Wednesday May 8 at Faculty Club, SOL-Centre, Lund University. 13-15.

‘Noise: a Human History’ is a 30-part series broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the UK in 2013. It is about telling ‘the story’ of sound and listening ‘from prehistory to the present’. What’s involved in translating historical research into a radio series for the general public? And what can be gained by doing ‘big’ history, which, in its pursuit of breadth might lack sufficient depth? David Hendy, who wrote and presented the series, discusses the process of making the series and how it relates to academic questions about the history of sound. He focuses on one of the themes emerging from the series: the way in which the early twentieth century became more ‘sonic-minded’ in the wake of the First World War.

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