Why do Whales and Children Sing ?
In this stressful world, this book is a small marvel, an invitation to connect beings... by "emitting" and listening to sounds.
Written in a very simple language, organized in short chapters, the book is illustrated with superb sound tracks on the included Compact Disc.
A "must", to re-discover how much our lifestyle, filled with speed and zapping, is destructive for us.
Capturing Sound -
How Technology Has Changed Music - Mark Katz
There is more to sound recording than just recording sound. Far from being simply a tool for the preservation of music, the technology is a catalyst. This is the clear message of Capturing Sound: a wide-ranging, deeply informative, consistently entertaining history of recording's profound impact on the musical life of the past century, from Edison to the Internet. In a series of case studies, Mark Katz explores how recording technology has encouraged new ways of listening to music, led performers to change their practices, and allowed entirely new musical genres to come into existence. An accompanying CD, featuring thirteen tracks from Chopin to Public Enemy, allows readers to hear what Katz means when he discusses music as varied as King Oliver's "Dippermouth Blues," a Jascha Heifetz recording of a Brahms Hungarian Dance, and Fatboy Slim's "Praise You."
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Robert M. Pirsig
With a title referring to Herrigel's book «Zen in the art of archery», arguably one of the most profoundly important essays ever written on the nature and significance of "quality" and definitely a necessary anodyne to the consequences of a modern world pathologically obsessed with quantity. Although set as a story of a cross-country trip on a motorcycle by a father and son, it is more nearly a journey through 2,000 years of Western philosophy.
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