Radiophonics of the Vietnam War: A Collection

Müller, Jan Philip. (2016) Radiophonics of the Vietnam War: A Collection. 5 (3).

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In a short text titled "Radical Radio" Murray R. Schafer has written about the idea of a "Wilderness Radio" that would feed back the sounds of nature back into human urban environments. Actually, something very similar has been done by the US-Armed Forces in the Vietnam War, just around the same time that Schafer had started to developed his concepts of "soundscape" and "acoustic ecology". To stop the Viet Cong from infiltrating South Vietnam the US military conceived of an "electronic wall"controlling the Vietnamese and Laotian jungle in an operation called "Igloo White". Among other electronic sensors the sound sensors called "acoubuoys" were supposed to detect enemy movements and transmit their sounds via radio to a computerized intelligence center in Thailand. What historically connects "Wilderness Radio" to its weird twin "Operation Igloo White" may be called a 'becoming-environmental' of sound. By drawing together different stories about acoustic technologies and radiophonics in the Vietnam War this collection aims to sketch out different aspects of this shift in sonic topologies.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Medienwissenschaft > Medienwissenschaft (Holl)
UniBasel Contributors:Müller, Jan Philip
Item Type:Preprint
Publisher:continent - online journal
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
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