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Sonic Wonderland


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An original and compelling tour of the world's most amazing acoustic phenomena and a passionate plea for a deeper appreciation of and respect for our shared sonic landscapes.

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Trevor Cox is Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford and President of the Institute of Acoustics. He has presented numerous science radio documentaries and has written for the New Scientist. He is an associate editor for an international journal of acoustics. Twitter- @trevor_cox


A riveting ear-opener, Trevor Cox describes in lyrical detail a range of sonic events and new ways of listening that can only brighten our experience of the acoustic world around us. A must-read for sound-lovers of all stripes -- Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra
This is acoustician Trevor Cox's fun but thoroughly detailed tour through some of the world's aural gems. Sounds like music to our ears * New Scientist *
A must read for musicians, producers, sound engineers and nerds of all kinds -- Lauren Laverne * BBC 6 Music *
A David Attenborough of the acoustic realm, whose knowledge is unimpeachable yet worn lightly, whose language is vivid yet without indulgence -- David Hendy * Observer *
Sonic Wonderland by Trevor Cox is one of those books that require a "this book will change your life" sticker -- Simon Barnes * The Times *
Sonic Wonderland, a delightfully instructive book, will make you want to listen to the world anew and with beatifically attuned ears -- Ian Thomson * Sunday Telegraph (Book of the Week) *
Captivating book... This book does not call for quiet, but for good sound over bad... Reading this revelatory book, it is impossible not to be converted to his cause. He syringes his readers' ears and the effect is delightful -- James McConnachie * Sunday Times *
If there's one man who could give you an informed account of one-hand clapping, it's Trevor Cox. Fascinating .... Thought-provoking -- Tibor Fischer * The Times *
Cox explores a dazzling variety of fascinating sounds... When we actively listen rather than merely hear, the world becomes a richer and fuller place, and Cox's book is the perfect primer for retraining your ears -- Chris Maume * Independent *
It's a joy as a reader to follow [Cox's] captivating forays into this "sonic wonderland" that surrounds us all. His enthusiasm is palpable and I challenge anybody to read this book and not want to experience for themselves at least one of the subjects described. This really is a perfect book for anyone with an interest in sound * BBC Focus *
Compellingly original... Fluent and engaging, the book's lapses into scientific jargon are leavened by Cox's boyish enthusiasm and earnest desire that the world's sonic wonders should not fall on deaf ears * Lonely Planet Traveller *
Delightful and informative * Sunday Times *
An infectiously enthusiastic study -- Caspar Henderson * Guardian *
[An] intriguing book -- Orlando Bird * Financial Times *
Cox's strengths are founded in joyful ardour - a love of unusual sound events - and the scientific knowledge and communicative skills to analyse each of these events as he encounters them on his travels -- David Toop * Times Higher Education *

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