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From the silent big bang to traffic noise March 31 2013
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" Discord" is a learned and enjoyable story of noise and a treasure trove of curious facts and anecdotes.
It contains a long history of uses and annoyances from the big bang to battles to traffic noise. You will find the remarkable ways in which some animals, such as shrimps, use noise as a weapon or to catch prey; how medicine uses noise to shatter kidney stones or how it was employed positively in some aspects of music.

One misses perhaps a stronger contrast to music as the great antagonist to noise and chaos? What is the nature of this difference?
Noise appears to be a timely subject as a new tome Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listeningpromises to deal with similar material. If this is too academic for you there is also Tassilo's Vienna Violin/ Fresh Classical Music Guide/ Times/ Places which deals with the subject of a history of harmonious and noisy sound from the Big Bang to classical music in the format of a narrative.