- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; Har/Cdr edition (March 31 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416559086
- ISBN-13: 978-1416559085
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 599 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #871,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World Hardcover – Mar 31 2009
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About the Author
Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist and Emmy Award-winning sound recordist. For nearly 25 years he has provided professional audio services to musicians, galleries, museums, and media producers, including Microsoft, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery, National Public Radio, and numerous other businesses and organizations. He has received recognition from the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. He studied botany and plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin. His sound portraits, which record quickly vanishing natural soundscapes, have been featured in People Magazine, a national PBS television documentary, "Vanishing Dawn Chorus," which earned him an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Individual Achievement.” Hempton has now circled the globe three times in pursuit of environmental sound portraits. His new audio series--Environmental Sound Portraits--is the first new work to appear in more than a decade. He lives in Port Angeles, WA.
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Trying to understand my teenager's love of loud music, I loved the Toxic Noise Chapter. On Pg 237, a key understanding for me: "...an organ near the ear known as the sacculus,...is stimulated by loud music. It also turns on the pleasure center of the brain-in some individuals, apparently quite powerfully. Habitual listeners to loud music, when deprived of their decibel fix, show withdrawal symptoms similar to those of addicts, according to Nary Florentine at the Institute for Hearing, Speech, and Language at Northwestern University in Boston."
I highly recommend this book and encourage people to seek their own "square inches of silence."
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I was disappointed however, that the book did not include the sound recording that came with the original.