The sonic cannot be reduced either to acoustic sound, on the one hand, nor to elaborate music on the other. The sonic field is itself a function of physical, technical, and symbolic temporal orders and it demands, as such, a media-archaeological analysis that amounts, for its part, to far more than simply cultural studies or music theory. In light of this premise, it becomes clear how temporal orders determine both analogue and digital forms (everything from headphones to magnetic recording tape to digital-electronic computation time). Here we also encounter chronopoetics and the algorhythm. Our faculty of hearing is accordingly far more capable of perceiving time-critical processes than our faculty of sight is: rhythm and tone of the Sonic Time Machine.
Wolfgang Ernst is Professor for Media Theory at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin since 2001. From 1995–1999 he was a Research Assistant for "Theorie und Archäologie der Medien im Kunstkontext" (Theory and Archaeology of Media in Art) at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
Andreas L. Hofbauer is a philosopher, psycho-historian, and author, who in various books and numerous essays recurrently addresses socio-economic aspects of political science. He is co-editor of Schriften zur Verkehrswissenschaft. He has translated several books by Jason Schwartz, Momus, Jeremy Bentham as well as work by Thomas De Quincey, Marshall Sahlins, Tom McCarthy, and Slavoj Žižek, inter alia.
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