Making Sense of Recordings: How Cognitive Processing of Recorded Sound Works

ISBN : 9780197533918

Mads Walther-Hansen
160 Pages
Pub date
Nov 2020
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Building on ideas from cognitive metaphor theory, Making Sense of Recordings offers a new perspective on record production, music perception, and the aesthetics of recorded sound. It shows how the language about sound is intimately connected to sense-making - both as a reflection of our internal cognitive capacities and as a component of our extended cognitive system. In doing so, the book provides the foundation for a broader understanding of the history of listening, discourses of sound quality, and artistic practices in the age of recorded music. The book will be of interest to anyone who asks how recorded music sounds and why it sounds as it does, and it will be a valuable resource for musicology students and researchers interested in the analysis of sound and the history of listening and record production. Additionally, sound engineers and laptop musicians will benefit from the book's exploration of the connection between embodied experiences and our cognitively processed experiences of recorded sound. The tools provided will be useful to these and other musicians who wish to intuitively interact with recorded or synthesized sound in a manner that more closely resembles the way they think and that makes sense of what they do.


Introduction: Making Sense of Recordings
Part 1. Foundations and Theory
1. Discourses of Recorded Sound: Technologies, Production, Listening, and Conceptualization
2: The Ontology of Recorded Sound
3: Sound Quality: Reasoning, Action, and Language
Part 2 - Encyclopedia
4: Conceptualizing Sound Quality: An Encyclopedia of Selected Sound Terminology

About the author: 

Mads Walther-Hansen is Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. He writes on music listening, music production, sound technology, and sound analysis, and he has published several articles, chapters, and conference papers on cognition and language in relation to music production that examine the conceptualization of sound and the effect of recording technology on the listening experience. He is editor of the Music Journal Danish Musicology Online and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination (Oxford University Press 2019).

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