By Ovidiu Tichindeleanu
"The photo Sound. An Archeology of Sound, know-how and data at 1900" is a
study of the epistemic box of past due 19th century Western Europe, within the wake of
Michel Foucault's archeology of data and Friedrich Kittler's media thought. I
address the structure of data in terms of listening to and sound, and the relations
between such wisdom formations, expertise and gear apparatuses in the course of the
Second commercial Revolution (1871-1900) in France and Germany.
The delivery of recent media has introduced the dispersion of discursive regimes which still
defines the cloth chances of sleek tradition industries, break up among the channels
of visible, aural and textual media. What then, establishes the chances of common
sense among what should be heard, obvious and browse?
Following an outline of the new theoretical literature on Sound tradition reports and
New German Media concept, I convey first of all that the spoken excessive idioms of French,
German, and English are the new manufactured from disciplinary energy mechanisms aiming to
create a phonetically homogeneous house of discursivity. The repression of dialects
produces new stipulations of discursivity, making attainable the emergence of experimental
phonetics, dialectology and linguistic geography .
A moment element of insertion is the normalization of played Western song, evidenced
in the institution of equivalent temperament and traditional pitch as laws governing
musical functionality. glossy colonialism and sound copy have introduced the high
idiom of Western song involved with the novel distinction of the Other's song. I
follow the explanation of this technique within the first documents of "exotic" sound recordings, the Berlin Phonogram Archive, and consequent emergence of the hot self-discipline of comparative musicology .
Thirdly, I reopen Carl Stumpf's tone psychology , an research of the probabilities of
pre-discursive notion taken with aural notion, in comparison with Wilhelm Dilthey's
critique of old reason.
In end, a brand new form of epistemic item appears to be like on the element of dispersion of
discourses. The rising disciplines are in keeping with distinction, hybridity and non-signifying correspondences among aural, visible and textual regimens. The functionality of
technology and biopolitical strength mechanisms is to show the anonymity of the empirical
fact right into a effective epistemic positivity.