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Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in theTwentieth Century

Karin Bijsterveld


Since the late nineteenth century, the sounds of technology have been the subject of complaints, regulation, and legislation. By the early 1900s, anti-noise leagues in Western Europe and North America had unified to fight noise from factories, steam trains, automobiles, and gramophones, with campaigns featuring conferences, exhibitions, and “silence weeks.” This book examines the persistence of noise on the public agenda, looking at four episodes of noise and the public response to it in Europe and the United States between 1875 and 1975: Industrial noise, traffic noise, noise from neighborhoo ... More

Keywords: noise complaints, noise regulation, noise legislation, antinoise leagues, factory noise, steam trains, automobile noise, gramophone noise, silence weeks, industrial noise

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262026390
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karin Bijsterveld, author