Sonic warfare and music both exploit the negative effects of sound: what are the similarities - if any - between these two distant practices?

Illingworth, Ethan (2012) Sonic warfare and music both exploit the negative effects of sound: what are the similarities - if any - between these two distant practices? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study aims to explore and analyse the uses of sound as a negative energy by the military, via sonic warfare, and modern music artists, via noise music and the avant-garde. Both fields employ the psychological and physiological properties of sound to affect human targets, but by bringing together the literature around both topics, this study provides evidence of their links and identifies the influences that these two practices have on each other. This dissertation shows that they not only deploy sound in similar ways, but also with the same intentions, with the only difference being the context in which they are implemented. Noise music shows to have even stronger links with sonic warfare; showing comparable characteristics all round with the only difference being potential restrictions in amplitude.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 15:10
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:10
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/9659

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