Listening to War

Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq

To witness war is, in large part, to hear it. And to survive it is, among other things, to have listened to it-and to have listened through it.

Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq is a groundbreaking study of the centrality of listening to the experience of modern warfare. Les mer
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To witness war is, in large part, to hear it. And to survive it is, among other things, to have listened to it-and to have listened through it.

Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq is a groundbreaking study of the centrality of listening to the experience of modern warfare. Based on years of ethnographic interviews with U.S. military service members and Iraqi civilians, as well as on direct observations of wartime Iraq, author J. Martin Daughtry reveals how these populations learned to extract valuable information from the ambient soundscape while struggling with the deleterious effects that it
produced in their ears, throughout their bodies, and in their psyches. Daughtry examines the dual-edged nature of sound-its potency as a source of information and a source of trauma-within a sophisticated conceptual frame that highlights the affective power of sound and the vulnerability and agency of
individual auditors. By theorizing violence through the prism of sound and sound through the prism of violence, Daughtry provides a productive new vantage point for examining these strangely conjoined phenomena. Two chapters dedicated to wartime music in Iraqi and U.S. military contexts show how music was both an important instrument of the military campaign and the victim of a multitude of violent acts throughout the war. A landmark work within the study of conflict, sound studies, and
ethnomusicology, Listening to War will expand your understanding of the experience of armed violence, and the experience of sound more generally. At the same time, it provides a discrete window into the lives of individual Iraqis and Americans struggling to orient themselves within the fog of
war.

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Dedication
Note on Transliteration
Introduction: Composing Thoughts on Sound and Violence
-In Lieu of an Epigraph: Sound-centered Memories of Operation Iraqi Freedom
-The Belliphonic
-Intellectual Predecessors
-A Necessary Detour
-Approaches and Challenges

Fragment #1: The Presence of Mind to Save an Ear: Ali's Story

Section I: Sonic Materiel
Chapter 1: Belliphonic Sounds and Indoctrinated Ears: The Elements of Wartime Audition
-Charting the Belliphonic
-Listening, Structure, and Positionality
-Vehicular Sounds
-Communications
-Civilian Sounds
-Weapons

Chapter 2: Mapping Zones of Wartime (In)audition
-The Zone of the Audible Inaudible
-The Narrational Zone
-The Tactical Zone
-The Trauma Zone
-A Complicating Factor: Iraqi Civilian Auditors
-Another Complicating Factor: Sound and Psychological Trauma
-Conclusion

Fragment #2: Stealth and Improvisation in the Desert: Jason's Story

Fragment #3: Loudly Searching in the Resonant Darkness: The Anatomy of a Nighttime House Raid

Section II: Structures of Listening, Sounding, and Emplacement
Introduction to section II
Chapter 3: Auditory Regimes
-Ideals of Military Audition
-National Audition
-Oblique Indoctrination of Belliphonic Ears
-Situational Awareness
-The Inclusive Auditory Regime of Iraqi Civilians
-Auditory Literacy, Competence, Virtuosity
-Incommensurability

Chapter 4: Sonic Campaigns
-Sound (and Violence)
-Violence (and Sound)
-The Omnidirectionality of Sound and Violence
-Sonic Campaigns

Chapter 5: Acoustic Territories
-Emplacement, Displacement, Transplacement
-Sound and Territoriality
-The Virtual Acoustic Territory of Recorded Sound
-The Radiant Acoustic Territories of Wartime
-The Resonant Acoustic Territories of Baghdad
-The Resonant Acoustic Territory of the body
-Life at the Intersection of Regime, Campaign and Territory

Fragment #4: Fatal Mishearing

Section III: Music, Mediation, and Survival
Chapter 6: Mobile Music in the Military
-Introducing the Wartime iPod
-A Century of Recorded Music on the Battlefield
-iPods in the Iraq War
-Amping Up, Staying Focused, Cooling Down: Technologie