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The Sound inside the Silence

Travels in the Sonic Imagination


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sound book series (PASTS)

About this book


In this poetic exploration of the auditory imagination, the third in his series on sonic aesthetics, Seán Street peoples silence with sound, travelling through time and space to the distant past, the infinite future and the shadow lands of the inner psyche. Our mind is a canvas on which the colours of the sound world leave permanent impressions. It is the root of all listening.


Sound Silence Radio Sensory Studies Imaginative sound Sound Studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Media and CommunicationBournemouth UniversityPooleUK

About the authors

Seán Street is a writer, poet and broadcaster on the subject of radio history and aesthetics. The previous two books in this trilogy are Sound Poetics and Sound at the Edge of Perception, both published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is emeritus professor at Bournemouth University, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Sound inside the Silence
  • Book Subtitle Travels in the Sonic Imagination
  • Authors Seán Street
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Sound
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Sound
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-8448-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-8451-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-8449-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 229
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Media Sociology
    Science and Technology Studies
    Cultural and Media Studies, general
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“This, the third in Professor Seán Street’s series dedicated to Sound Poetics, is an erudite journey demonstrating the meaning and beauty of the scattered sounds of life. In an era of overwhelming noise and stimuli, this book proves how much intensity, potential and creative space there is in silence.” (Professor Grażyna Stachyra, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland)

“Intellectual clarity and a poetic, receptive ear for sound’s significance in our real and imagined worlds distinguish this captivating book. Highly original, it advances the literature on sound, radio, and attentive listening.” (Robyn Ravlich, writer and independent radio feature maker, Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

“There is no more original thinker than Seán Street in considering the role of sound in our past, present and future, from absolute silence to the babble of broadcasting. The Sound inside the Silence invites us to consider sound as an event in itself that enhances our imagination, by extension confirming the importance of what we hear to the way we perceive and understand the world.” (Charlie Connelly, author of Attention All Shipping and Last Train to Hilversum)