Chapter 1 The Sound of Modernity

  • meLê yamomo
Part of the Transnational Theatre Histories book series (TTH)


This chapter explores methodologies of ‘hearing history’ and the theoretical enquiries of acoustic epistemology, putting into question how modernity was heard in Manila and Asia Pacific. The chapter presents theoretical frameworks and methodologies to analyse sonic understandings of modernity in Manila and the Asia Pacific region. The overlapping issues of cultural sociology and economics in how modernity brought about (1) aesthetic autonomization, and (2) cultural commodification in the act of listening is presented here. By drawing from and synaesthetically comparing contemporary visual and performance theories with sound studies, this chapter proposes the conceptual framework Anthropology of Sound.


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  • meLê yamomo
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  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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