Zwitschern, Bellen, Röhren
Tierlaute in der Wissens-, Medientechnik- und Musikgeschichte
[Chirping, Barking, Roaring. Animal Sounds in the Histories of Knowledge, Media Technology and Music]
Animal Sounds Between Animal Studies and Sound Studies
As numerous and varied our encounters with animal sounds in everyday, artistic and scientific contexts are, little research has been done into the history of these encounters. Animal sounds cement but also disturb or shake our demarcation of the ‘Other.’ Are birdsong and the communication of monkeys or dolphins evolutionary precursors of music and language? Do fish have an as yet unknown form of communication? Such questions pervade the history of art and science, whereby bioacoustic research has been decisively shaped by the development of sound storage media.
The contributions collected here shed light on various political, aesthetic, and scientific discourses and practices animal sounds into human contexts. Of interest are not only the epistemic challenges of these processes and the friction of media technologies but also the meanings attributed to animal utterances, for example in National Socialism and in animal protection. The interdisciplinary volume thus opens up a first perspective of a ‘cultural-historical bioacoustics.’