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The Order of Sounds

A Sonorous Archipelago (Mono)

By Francois J. Bonnet, Robin Mackay (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 250 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 31 May 2016
The subtlety, complexity, and variety of modes of hearing has meant that it has rarely received the same philosophical attention as the visual. Francois J. Bonnet makes a compelling case for the irreducible heterogeneity of 'sound', navigating between physical models of sound and the synthetic production of 'what is heard'. From primitive vigilance and sonic mythologies to digital sampling and sound installations, he examines the ways in which we make sound speak to us, in an analysis drawing on Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, Barthes, Nancy, and Adorno. Listening is always a selective fetishism, a 'hallucination of sound' filtered by desire and convention, territorialized by discourse and its authorities. Bonnet proposes neither a disciplined listening that targets sound 'itself', nor an 'ocean of sound' in which we might lose ourselves, instead mapping out a 'sonorous archipelago'-a heterogeneous set of shifting sonic territories shaped by the vicissitudes of desire and discourse.

Table of Contents

Preface: Peter Szendy, 'The Otographer'; Foreword; I. The Grip of Sound: The Trace of Sound; Imprints; Zone and Metamorphoses; The Grip of Sound; II. Apprehending Sound: Perceive, Hear, Listen; The Nature of Sound: Phenomenon vs. Event; The Range of Sound; Perception-Continent; III. Form and Voice of Sound: The Sonorous Object; There Is No Reduced Listening; Autonomous Sound; Beliefs and Perceptions; IV. Desiring-Listening and Fetishism of Listening: Desiring-Listening; Listening and Fetishism; Beyond Sound; Music and Crystallization; Fiction-Listening; V. Authoritarian Listening: Discourse and the Anchoring of Sound; Listening, Instrument of Authority and Power; Modelisations; Territorial Logics and Metaphors: The Archipelago; Insularity and Authority; VI. Phonophanies: Extraterritorialities; Oblique Strategies I. The Shifting Sands of the Given-to-be-Heard; Oblique Strategies II. Explosion of the Non-Sign; Sonorous Resistance; Phonophany vs. Apophenia; Epilogue

About the Author

Francois J. Bonnet (1981-) is a composer, visual artist, a member of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales of the National Audiovisual Institute (INA-GRM) in Paris, and a part-time lecturer at the Universite de Paris 1. He is also author of 'L'inframonde' (Paris: Editions MF, 2015).


'In "The Order of Sounds", Bonnet tiptoes though a minefield laid out by both a discursive imperialism that forces the sonorous to speak and the false promise of direct access made by ontologies of sound. Bonnet's schizological approach to the audible carefully identifies the blindspots of phenomenological and physicalist reductions of the sonorous, going beyond the confines of clunky notions such as 'sound objects' and 'soundscape' to propose a mode of listening attuned to the ungraspable, the imperceptible, and the indistinct.'- Steve Goodman, author of "Sonic Warfare"; 'Bonnet provides us with a fascinating exploration of the world of sound and our complex relationship to it. Surveying sound across its various manifestations, his conclusions offer a new perspective on how and why we process sounds, but also the continuing mystery of what lies behind them. The Order of Sounds represents an important contribution to the field of the philosophy of sound.'- Professor Stuart Sim, author of "Manifesto for Silence"; '"The Order of Sounds" is an expansive journey through contemporary discourse on sound. It revisits key notions such as silence and reduced listening, calls on Deleuze, Nancy, Adorno and Simondon, introduces a new taxonomy of modes of listening and takes a firm stand against an essence of sound. Its reach is vast, and its depth impressive.' - Rahma Khazam, independent researcher; 'Taking the "sonorous" neither as vast oceanic expanse nor as horizonless landmass-but rather, as a scatter of atolls, reefs, shifting sandbanks and shoals, Serendip dunes, islets, promontories and the like-Francois J Bonnet draws us into thinking though sound as emergence and primordial force before it shapes up as the order of sonic syntax and the system of everyday listening.'- Sarat Maharaj, writer and curator; 'To the theoretical propensities imprinted on the domain of sound by a rational order, Francois J. Bonnet opposes a veritable thinking of disorder, a "sonorous archipelago" rather than a 'theory of sound'. This unprecedented and salutary enterprise outlines a new path for a future "acoulogy"'. - Pierre-Yves Mace, Filigrane; 'Bonnet's writing, dense, full of unexpected turns and remarks, is intelligent and meticulous.' - Daniel Contarelli, Critique d'art

EAN: 9780993045875
ISBN: 0993045871
Publisher: Urbanomic Media Ltd
Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.5 x 3 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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