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Listening to WarSound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq$
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J. Martin Daughtry

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199361496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361496.001.0001

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Acoustic Territories

Acoustic Territories

(p.188) 5 Acoustic Territories
Listening to War

J. Martin Daughtry

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the spatial impact of belliphonic sounds, and the extent to which open and enclosed spaces can shape and be shaped by the sounds that pass through them. Sounds territorialize space, and belliphonic sounds territorialize space violently. In wartime Iraq, acoustic territories ranged in size from the vast outdoor spaces where the sounds of explosions resonated to the delicate fluid-filled enclosures within the body that vibrated in concert with belliphonic sounds. These territories, particularly the fleshy ones inside the body, proved to be highly vulnerable to the sonic forces that invaded them in Iraq, as sensory excess was amplified in wartime, a fact that makes human resilience in the face of belliphonic violence all the more remarkable.

Keywords:   belliphonic, territorialization, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, sound studies, Operation Iraqi Freedom, war, violence

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