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Karin Bijsterveld and Jose van Dijck, eds. 2009. Sound Souvenirs: Audio Technologies, Memory and Cultural Practices. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Dayal, Geeta

Sound Souvenirs is an ambitious volume, with a vision, depth, and expansiveness that stretches far beyond its mere 218 pages. Uniting the four disparate sections under the umbrella of "sound souvenirs" feels unwieldy and somewhat arbitrary at points. This collection is really four separate books in one; each of the four sections could have easily been expanded into its own anthology. The book could also benefit from expanding its scope beyond Western Europe and the United States. Overall, Sound Souvenirs is an admirable effort in the rapidly growing field of sound studies, anticipating several entry points for further exploration.



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