The Sound Book
The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World
A tour of the world’s most amazing acoustic phenomena that reveals how sound works in everyday life.
Trevor Cox is on a hunt for the sonic wonders of the world. A renowned expert who engineers classrooms and concert halls, Cox has made a career of eradicating bizarre and unwanted sounds. But after an epiphany in the London sewers, Cox now revels in exotic noises—creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, humming dunes, seals that sound like alien angels, and a Mayan pyramid that chirps like a bird. With forays into archaeology, neuroscience, biology, and design, Cox explains how sound is made and altered by the environment, how our body reacts to peculiar noises, and how these mysterious wonders illuminate sound’s surprising dynamics in everyday settings—from your bedroom to the opera house. The Sound Book encourages us to become better listeners in a world dominated by the visual and to open our ears to the glorious cacophony all around us.
- February 2014
- 6.5 × 9.6 in
/ 304 pages
- Sales Territory: Worldwide including Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding Canada, the rest of the British Commonwealth and the European Union.
Endorsements & Reviews
“A riveting ear-opener, Trevor Cox describes in lyrical detail a range of sonic events and new ways of listening that can only brighten our experience of the acoustic world around us. A must-read for sound-lovers of all stripes.” — Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places
“Cox reminds us not only of the sonic marvels we often miss, but also how those sounds affect us.” — Publishers Weekly
“This small encyclopedia of strange sounds reveals how much art there is in the act of listening. Reading it made my ears more mindful.” — Adam Gopnik
“A technological travelogue conducted by an expert tour guide, bursting with aural arcana that adds just the right amount of tech-savvy detail, The Sound Book brings into relief a world often obscured in our image-heavy existence. Even as we follow Cox to the ends of the Earth, what makes his book a real rush is that it's ultimately an ear-buzzing journey to the center of our minds.” — Greg Milner, Perfecting Sound Forever
“An intriguing tour d’horizon of the world of sound.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Turns up the volume on…sonic oddities.” — NPR
“[A] mission to make sound tourism the next big thing.” — Gemma Tarlach, Discover
“From its first page to its last, The Sound Book invites readers to close their eyes and open their ears to the sounds, both normal and peculiar, that surround us all.” — Science News
“Charming… From its first page to its last, The Sound Book invites readers to close their eyes and open their ears to the sounds, both normal and peculiar, that surround us all.” — Sid Perkins, Science News Magazine