Author(s): Jacob Smith
The destructive environmental results of media tradition aren’t ceaselessly stated: the gasoline required to stay large server farms in operation, landfills filled with prime tech junk, and the extraction of uncommon minerals for units reliant on them are simply one of the vital hidden prices of the recent mediascape. Eco-Sonic Media brings an ecological critique to the historical past of sound media applied sciences in an effort to magnify the environmental undertones in sound research and switch up the audio in discussions of greening the media. By taking a look at early and left out varieties of sound era, Jacob Smith seeks to create a revisionist, ecologically conscious historical past of sound media. Delving into the historical past of pre-electronic media like hand-cranked gramophones, relatively eco-friendly media artifacts such because the shellac discs that preceded the usage of petroleum-based vinyl, early varieties of transportable era like divining rods, or even the usage of songbirds as home track machines, Smith builds a scaffolding of historic case research to show how inexperienced media archaeology could make sound research vibrate at an ecological frequency whilst opening the ears of eco-criticism. Throughout this eye-opening and well timed guide he makes readers extra acutely aware of the prices and penalties in their private media intake via prompting comparisons with non-digital, non-electronic applied sciences and via providing other ways through which sound media can change into eco-sonic media. In the method, he forges interdisciplinary connections, opens new avenues of study, and poses recent theoretical questions for students and scholars of media, sound research, and recent environmental historical past.