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Inductive Radio and Whistling Currents

Douglas Kahn

in Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520257801
eISBN:
9780520956834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257801.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Sounds in telephone lines were heard “wirelessly” by inductive “leakage” from one line to another and through circuits returned through the earth, as well as by the reception of electromagnetic waves ... More


Introduction

Douglas Kahn

in Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520257801
eISBN:
9780520956834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257801.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

The historical scope, topical focuses, theoretical positions, and structure of the book are introduced. Natural radio and its early reception on telephone lines serve as means to discuss the ... More


Thomas Watson: Natural Radio, Natural Theology

Douglas Kahn

in Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520257801
eISBN:
9780520956834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257801.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Thomas Watson, Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant, heard the sounds of natural radio when the first telephone test line acted as an unwitting antenna. He was most probably the first person on earth to ... More


Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Douglas Kahn

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520257801
eISBN:
9780520956834
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257801.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Earth Sound Earth Signal is a study of energies in aesthetics and the arts from the birth of modern communications in the nineteenth century to the global transmissions of the present day. Grounded ... More


Microphonic Imagination

Douglas Kahn

in Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520257801
eISBN:
9780520956834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257801.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Thomas Watson’s speculation on the origin of natural radio sounds was akin to actual, speculative, and imaginary sounds associated with an aspect of telephone technology: the microphone. The eruption ... More


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