Epistemic Dissonances: Objects and Tools of Early Modern Acoustics

Epistemic Dissonances: Objects and Tools of Early Modern Acoustics

Bulwer, John (1648): Philocophus: Or, The Deafe And Dumbe Mans Friend.

Bulwer, John (1648): Philocophus: Or, The Deafe And Dumbe Mans Friend.

Bulwer, John (1648): Philocophus: Or, The Deafe And Dumbe Mans Friend. Exhibiting The Philosophicall verity of that subtile Art, which may inable one with an observant Eie, to Heare what any man speaks by the moving of his lips. Upon the same Ground, with the advantage of an Historicall Exemplification, apparently proving, That a Man borne Deafe and Dumbe, may be taught to Heare the sound of words with his Eie, & thence learne to speake with his Tongue. London: Humphrey Moseley.

This project explores the disputes that arose within and between musical-acoustic praxis and theory between 1580 and 1690. It asks about the production of acoustic research objects and tools in the context of newly emerging institutions, scholarly networks, material cultures, and media technologies. The project focuses on three core areas of early modern acoustics: architectural acoustics and communication technology; instrument- and tool-making; and the anatomy of hearing and memory.