This book examines the meanings, uses, and agency of voice, noise, sound, and sound technologies across Asia.

Including a series of wide-ranging and interdisciplinary case studies, the book reveals sound as central to the experience of modernity in Asia and as essential to the understanding of the historical processes of cultural, social, political, and economic transformation throughout the long twentieth century. Presenting a broad range of topics – from the changing sounds of the Kyoto kimono making industry to radio in late colonial India – the book explores how the study of Asian sound cultures offers greater insight into historical accounts of local and global transformation.

Challenging us to rethink and reassemble important categories in sound studies, this book will be a vital resource for students and scholars of sound studies, Asian studies, history, postcolonial studies, and media studies.

chapter |16 pages

Introducing Asian Sound Cultures

ByIris Haukamp, Christin Hoene, Martyn David Smith
Size: 0.23 MB

part I|61 pages

The politics of voice

chapter 1|21 pages

The phonographic politics of ‘corporeal voice’

Speech recordings for imperial subjectification and wartime mobilisation in colonial Taiwan and Korea
ByFumitaka Yamauchi

chapter 2|19 pages

In dark times

Poetic dissonance in the Thai-Malay borderlands
ByNoah Keone Viernes

chapter 3|19 pages

Sonic aesthetics and social disparity

The voice of villains in Ryoo Seung-wan's Veteran (2015) and The Unjust (2010)
ByJina Eleanor Kim

part II|60 pages

Modern noise

chapter 4|20 pages

Aesthetic ruptures and sociabilities

Tateyama Noboru (1876–1926), quotidian noise, and sōkyoku-jiuta
ByPhilip Flavin

chapter 5|23 pages

The ‘hell of modern sound’

A history of urban noise in modern Japan
ByMartyn David Smith
Size: 0.21 MB

chapter 6|15 pages

Feel the power of my exoticism

Japanese Noise music and claims of a distinct Japanese sound
ByJeremy Corral

part III|58 pages

Sound and power

chapter 7|21 pages

Listening to the talkies

Atarashiki tsuchi's (1937) acoustic construction of Japan for western consumption
ByIris Haukamp
Size: 0.20 MB

chapter 8|17 pages

Recovering the lost Cantonese sounds in pre-handover Hong Kong

Sinophone politics in Dung Kai-cheung's ‘The Rise and Fall of Wing Shing Street’ (1995) 1
ByKa Lee Wong

chapter 9|18 pages

When the looms stop, the baby cries

The changing sounds of the Kyoto kimono-making industry
ByJenny Hall

part IV|83 pages

Technology and imperialism

chapter 10|21 pages

Early radio in late colonial India

Historiography, geography, audiences
ByVebhuti Duggal, Christin Hoene
Size: 1.56 MB

chapter 11|20 pages

(Re)Diffusion of beautiful sound

Chinese broadcast in post-war Bangkok 1
ByKornphanat Tungkeunkunt

chapter 12|17 pages

Arranging sounds from daily life

Amateur sound-recording contests and audio culture in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s
ByTomotaro Kaneko

chapter 13|23 pages

The dual fate of the twin horn in Thailand

From United States anti-communist weapon to the Phetchabun processional bands' sound system
ByPierre Prouteau