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Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:43:16 -0700
Dear Bioacoustics-L list serve members:

My book "Hear Where We Are: Sound Ecology, and Sense of Place" is just out on 

It is available through our website

Free online course review copies are available here:


Hear where you are: how sound not only informs, but places us

A new book explores sound as a means of forming a relationship with our world

New York,  September 2013

School children learn that humans have five senses, all of which are used to 
help make decisions. Sound is typically thought of as a means of gathering 
information. But in a new book – Hear Where We Are: Sound, Ecology, and Sense 
of Place – author Michael Stocker, Executive Director of Ocean Conservation 
Research, proposes that sound serves a far deeper function. Sound is offered up 
as a means of helping people to form relationships with their environment.

Throughout history hearing and sound perception have been typically framed in 
the context of how sound conveys information and how that information 
influences the listener. Hear Where We Are inverts this premise and examines 
how humans and other hearing animals use sound to establish acoustical 
relationships with their surroundings. In doing so, the reader learns that 
hearing is the perception that allows animals to gauge the size, shape, and 
density of their surroundings,  sensing their placement within them. Hearing is 
the sense that allows us to perceive our environment in dimensions obscured 
from our vision, out of reach of our touch, and downwind of our sense of smell.

Chapter one examines how sounds like familiar voices, alarms, and the sounds of 
nature, culture, and media influence how people feel, before chapter two 
explores how individuals manipulate their acoustical world to serve their 
interests. Chapter three breaks down the physics of sound and physiology of 
hearing. Chapter four is a ‘sound menagerie’ of how other animals hear  leading 
to chapter five examining  the foundation of “sound communication” as a 
visceral connection with others and our surroundings through sound.

Stocker writes, “The larger mission of this book is to lead us into a stronger 
appreciation of the world in which we live. I hope the journey through this 
work will enhance the reader’s perceptions; inviting a deeper listening, and 
ultimately encouraging a more conscious participation with their environment – 
allowing you, the reader, to truly hear where you are.”

Michael Stocker
Hear Where We Are: Sound, Ecology, and Sense of Place
2013, XVI, 200 p. 31 illus., 12 illus. in color.
Softcover €37.44  | £19.95 | $34.99
ISBN 978-1-4614-7284-1

Review copies are available immediately, both online and in print, for 
journalists and book reviewers.
Contact: Alexander Brown | Springer | tel +1 212.620.8063 | 

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