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The World's Din
The World's Din

The World's Din

Listening to records, radio and fllms in New Zealand 1880–1940


288 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

EPUB, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $19.99)

Publication Date: July 2018

ISBN 9781988531496

Rights: WOR

Otago University Press (Jul 2018)


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New Zealanders started hearing things in different ways when new audio technologies arrived from overseas in the late 19th century. In The World's Din, Peter Hoar documents the arrival of the first such "talking machines" and their growing place in New Zealanders' public and private lives, through the years of radio to the dawn of television. In so doing, he chronicles a sonic revolutionâ€â€the radical change in the way New Zealanders heard the world. Audio technology, since its advent in the late 19th century, has been a continued refinement of the original innovation, even in the contemporary era of digital sound, with iPods, streaming audio, and Spotify. The World's Din is a beautifully written account of this refinement in New Zealand that will delight music-lovers and technophiles everywhere. 

Author Biography

Peter Hoar has worked in radio, television, and journalism, and is also a qualified librarian. His research interests are in the field of sound studies, particularly in history, listening practices, and technology. He regularly contributes concert reviews to Radio New Zealand Concert's arts program Upbeat as well as documentaries on composers and music. Peter is a passionate believer in the need for well-funded public broadcasting.

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