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Author Bijsterveld, Karin, 1961- author.

Title Sound and safe : a history of listening behind the wheel / Karin Bijsterveld, Eefje Cleophas, Stefan Krebs, and Gijs Mom
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents 1. Driving in Control -- Introduction -- Why Acoustic Cocooning and the Sound of Cars? -- Making Sense of Sound -- Sensory Studies, Mobility Culture, and History of Technology -- How We Will Navigate -- New Themes along the Road -- 2. "It Shuts with a Comforting Sound" : Closing the Car Body -- Introduction -- The Rise of the Closed Sedan : Sound Body Building -- Mechanical Silence as Sign of Reliability and Engineering Quality -- Convenient Silence as Ideal for Long-Distance Travelling -- Aristocratic Silence as Mark of Distinction -- An Uplifting and Distancing Experience -- Saving the Cinematic Drive -- Conclusions -- 3. Humming Engines and Moving Radio : Encapsulating the Listening Driver -- Introduction -- Mysterious Noises : The Driver's Experiences -- Listening to the Automobile : The Mechanic's Ear -- The Repair Crisis and the Professionalization of the Car Mechanic -- "A Marriage on its Last Legs" : The Differentiation of Listening Practices -- Decent Radio Reception, As Long as the Car Is Not Moving -- The Car Radio as Mood Regulator -- Conclusions: Car Talk -- 4. "Like a Boxed Calf in a Traffic Drain" : The Car on the Corridor -- Introduction -- The "Only Option" : The Rise of the Roadside Noise Barrier in the Western World -- A New Berlin Wall : The Reception of Noise Barriers in the Netherlands -- Denial Design : Building Green, Transparent and Loss-Compensating Barriers -- A Moving Barrier : The Glocalization of the Noise Barrier -- Nothing to See, Lots to Listen to : Traffic Radio and Audio Books -- Conclusions -- 5. Selling Sound : Sensory Marketing in the Automotive Industry -- Introduction -- Coming to Your Senses, Composing the Sound of Cars -- Leeway for Car Sound Design : Behind the Scenes of International Standardization -- Finding Words for Sound : Lay and Expert Listeners -- Marketing Sound in the Experience Society -- Conclusions -- 6. Sound and Safe : Auditory Privacy and Sonic Relief in the Car -- Introduction -- A History of Listening Behind the Wheel -- Moving, Seeing, Listening, in the Car and in the Past -- The Echo of the Boom Car -- Conclusions: Sensitizing Mobility Culture -- Author Biographies -- Archives, Journals and Interviews
Summary This book traces the full history of noise in and around cars shows how we created auditory privacy in our cars. It is about the sounds of car engines, tires, wipers, blinkers, warning signals, in-car audio systems and, ultimately, about how we became used to listen while driving
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on January 6, 2014)
Subject Automobiles -- Noise -- History
Automobiles -- Design and construction -- History
Automobiles -- Safety measures -- History
Sound -- History
Auditory perception -- History
Automobiles -- Audio equipment -- History
Privacy -- History
Automobile driving -- Social aspects -- History
Auditory perception.
Automobile driving -- Social aspects.
Automobiles -- Audio equipment.
Automobiles -- Design and construction.
Automobiles -- Noise.
Automobiles -- Safety measures.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Cleophas, Eefje, author
Krebs, Stefan, author
Mom, Gijs, 1949- author.
ISBN 9780199350155