- Schafer, R. Murray
The Tuning of the World.
University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1977, Trade Paperback, , , Good /
xii, 301 pp. Wear to wraps, inside, very good or better. Paperback edition. “Schafer’s historical rendition of the acoustical past makes it possible to hear the evolution of sound—to follow from the primordial soundscape to the beginning noises of civilization developing and finally to the clamor we now hear. Our job, Schafer maintains, is to listen, to analyze, and to make distinctions. Schafer combines the composer’s nerve-deep sensitivity to sound with the scientist’s curiosity about it and the humanist’s ability to engage our feelings with his own. Lively, learned, and pungent, The Tuning of the World is in effect a cheer for the ear, a book bound to change the way we live with sound”