Project: The Ring of Machines

mechanical-soundThis project was supported by an NWO substitution grant for Karin Bijsterveld in 2000-2001, which allowed her to work on her book Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture and Problems of Public Noise in the Twentieth Century, published by MIT Press in 2008. It is part of the series “Inside Technology“. You can find more information and a sample chapter on the website of MIT Press.


A number of articles have also been published based on the research:

Karin Bijsterveld (2001). “The Diabolical Symphony of the Mechanical Age. Technology and Symbolism of Sound in European and North American Noise Abatement Campaigns, 1900-40”, in: Social Studies of Science, vol. 31:1, 37-70.

(An abridged version of this article was included in The Auditory Culture Reader (2003), edited by Michael Bull and Les Back, Oxford: Berg, pp. 165-189.)

Karin Bijsterveld (2003). “‘The City of Din’. Decibels, Noise and Neighbors in the Netherlands,1910-1980”, in: Osiris, vol. 18, 173-193.

Karin Bijsterveld (2006). “Listening to machines: industrial noise, hearing loss and the cultural meaning of sound”, in: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, vol. 31:4, pp. 323-337.

(An abridged version of this article was included in The Sound Studies Reader (2012), edited by Jonathan Sterne, New York: Routledge, pp. 152-167.)


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