The
Rhythmanalysis
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LEFEBVRE AND RHYTHMANALYSIS

Henri Lefebvre, Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday life. Continuum, 2004. [link]
In the analysis of rhythms — both biological and social — Lefebvre shows the interrelation of space and time in the understanding of everyday life.With dazzling skills, Lefebvre moves between discussions of music, the commodity, measurement, the media and the city. In doing so he shows how a non-linear conception of time and history balanced his famous rethinking of the question of space.

Tim Edensor, Geographies of Rhythm. Ashgate, 2010. [link]
Leading geographers advance and expand on Lefebvre's theories, examining how they intersect with current theoretical and political concerns within the social sciences. In looking at the rhythms of geographies, and drawing upon a wide range of geographical contexts, this book explores the ordering of different rhythms according to four main themes: rhythms of nature, rhythms of everyday life, rhythms of mobility, and the official and routine rhythms which superimpose themselves on the multiple rhythms of the body.

Julian Henriques, "The Vibrations of Affect and their Propagation on a Night Out on Kingston's Dancehall Scene".
Body & Science, March 2010. [link]
This article proposes that the propagation of vibrations could serve as a better model for understanding the transmission of affect than the flow, circulation or movement of bodies by which it is most often theorized... counting the repeating frequencies of these vibrations in a methodology inspired by Lefebvre's rhythmanalysis results in a Frequency Spectrogram.

Candice Boyd & Michelle Duffy, "Sonic Geographies of Shifting Bodies". Interference, 2011. [link]
Two alternate styles of rhythmanalysis based on an experimental work that explores the sonic geographies of shifting bodies ... we consider the habits of bodies in order to think on the intimate relationship between body, habit, subjectivity, and what it may give rise to in terms of 'a politics of what happens'.


TEMPORALITY AND RHYTHM IN GENERAL

Pamela M. Lee. Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960s. MIT Press, 2004. [link]
Lee discusses the chronophobia of art relative to the emergence of the Information Age in postwar culture. The accompanying rapid technological transformations, including the advent of computers and automation processes, produced for many an acute sense of historical unknowing; the seemingly accelerated pace of life began to outstrip any attempts to make sense of the present. Lee sees the attitude of 1960s art to time as a historical prelude to our current fixation on time and speed within digital culture.

Nato Thompson, Contractions of Time: On Social Practice from a Temporal Perspective. E-Flux, 2010. [link]


RELATED SOUND RESEARCH

Brandon LaBelle. Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life. Continuum, 2010. [link]
LaBelle offers an expansive reading of auditory life. It provides a careful consideration of the performative dynamics inherent to sound culture and acts of listening, and discusses how auditory studies may illuminate understandings of contemporary society.

Jean-Francois Augoyard, Henri Torgue, Andra McCartney. Sonic Experience: A Guide to Everyday Sounds. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006. [link]
In a multidisciplinary work spanning musicology, electro-acoustic composition, architecture, urban studies, communication, phenomenology, social theory, physics, and psychology, Jean-Francois Augoyard, Henry Torgue, and their associates at the Centre for Research on Sonic Space and the Urban Environment (CRESSON) in Grenoble, France, provide an alphabetical sourcebook of eighty sonic/auditory effects. "Sonic Experience" attempts to rehabilitate general acoustic awareness, combining accessible definitions and literary examples with more in-depth technical information for specialists.

R. Murray Schafer. The Soundscape. Destiny Books, 1977. [link]
Schafer emphasizes the importance of discerning the sounds that enrich and feed us and using them to create healthier environments. To this end, he explains how to classify sounds, appreciating their beauty or ugliness, and provides exercises and "soundwalks" to help us become more discriminating and sensitive to the sounds around us. This book is a pioneering exploration of our acoustic environment, past and present, and an attempt to imagine what it might become in the future.

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