Henriques, Julian. 2003. “Sonic Dominance and the Reggae Sound System Session”. In Bull, Michael and Back, Les (Eds.) Auditory Culture Reader, 1st Edition. eds. Oxford: Berg, pp. 451- 480.

In this seminal piece, Julian Henriques discusses the relationship between different sensorial regimes through the lens of a dancehall session in Jamaica. He describes sonic dominance as the preponderance of the sonic over the visual medium that can be experienced in a Stone Love sound system session. By considering both the ethereal and the material features of sound, the piece raises theoretical questions about representation, technology and the implications of a hierarchical organization of the human sensorium.


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