R. Murray Schafer, The Tuning of the World (1980)
(Sorry for posting this late and this short.)
Schafer sets out to ask what impact the changing relationship between "man" and his soundscape (i.e., sounding environment) has. This soundscape has been changing forever, but now that we live in a new age we should study the soundscape by all means. Soundscape studies should be viewed as a collaborative undertaking combining science, society and arts. Acoustic design should prescribe ways to deal with new technological developments. Just like musicians organize sounds, acoustic designers should organize anyone and anything that sounds to give it form and beauty. Schafer posits that there is a relationship between humankind's wellbeing and the quantity and quality of the sounds heard.
Question: In what ways do you think the ethical dimension is justified? In other words: Should we worry about this soundscape or just be laissez-faire like and celebrate the new?