Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World
Destiny Books, Paperback, 9780892814558, 320pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 1993
As a society we have become more aware of the toxic wastes that can enter our bodies through the air we breathe and the water we drink. In fact, the pollution of our sonic environment is no less real. Schafer emphasizes the importance of discerning the sounds that enrich and feed us and using them to create healthier environments. To this end, he explains how to classify sounds, appreciating their beauty or ugliness, and provides exercises and "soundwalks" to help us become more discriminating and sensitive to the sounds around us. This book is a pioneering exploration of our acoustic environment, past and present, and an attempt to imagine what it might become in the future.
" . . . an unusual sensory experience that will raise your consciousness of the soundscape to a level of sensitivity you never experienced before."
-The New York Times