Journal of Sonic Studies, 13th Issue: Acoustic Ephemeralities

A new (13th) issue of our beloved Journal of Sonic Studies has been published and is available online.

This edition was coordinated by guest editors Monika Dommann, Boris Previšić, and Marianne Sommer and has been focused on the idea of acoustic ephemeralities, specifically “functions of media, music and the science as generators of acoustic paradigms” which are here explored under the idea of micro- macro-ephemeral of the acoustic.


  • Acoustic Ephemeralities: Introduction – Monika Dommann, Boris Previšić, and Marianne Sommer
  • Sound-Essay 1 – Peter Weber and Lucas Niggli
  • Phonograph, Symbolic Acoustic Evidence in Arno Holz’ Phantasus – Thomas Forrer
  • Acoustic Micro- and Macroephemeralities in Literature. Robert Walser’s Microscript 364 (1925) and Peter Weber’s Silber und Salbader (1999) – Boris Previšić
  • At the Margins of the Audible: Morton Feldman’s Ephemeral Compositions – Dieter Mersch, translated by Laura Radosh
  • Writing the Ephemeral: John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing as a Landmark in Media History – Simon Aeberhard
  • Smorzando: Chopin on the MP3 player – Michel Roth
  • Listening to the Body Moving: Auscultation, Sound, and Music in the Early Nineteenth Century – Janina Wellmann
  • Record, Rewind, Rewrite: Acoustic Historiography with the Presidential Tapes – Monika Dommann, translated by Sarah Pybus
  • Experimental Cylinders: Experiments in Music Psychology around 1900 – Julia Kursell
  • Archive, Collection, Museum: On the History of the Archiving of Voices at the Sound Archive of the Humboldt University – Britta Lange, translated by Benjamin Carter
  • Animal Sounds against the Noise of Modernity and War: Julian Huxley (1887–1975) and the Preservation of the Sonic World Heritage – Marianne Sommer
  • Sound-Essay 2 – Boris Previšić, Hannes Seidl, and Lucas Niggli

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