High Static, Dead Lines

High Static, Dead Lines

Sonic Spectres & the Object Hereafter

By Kristen Gallerneaux

A literary mix tape that explores the entwined boundaries between sound, material culture, landscape and esoteric belief.

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A literary mix tape that explores the entwined boundaries between sound, material culture, landscape and esoteric belief.

Trees rigged up to the wireless radio heavens. A fax machine used to decode the language of hurricanes. A broadcast ghost that hijacked a television station to terrorize a city. A failed computer factory in the desert with a slap-back echo resounding into ruin.

In High Static, Dead Lines, media historian and artist Kristen Gallerneaux weaves a literary mix tape that explores the entwined boundaries between sound, material culture, landscape, and esoteric belief. Essays and fictocritical interludes are arranged to evoke a network of ley lines for the “sonic spectre” to travel through—a hypothetical presence that manifests itself as an invisible layer of noise alongside the conventional histories of technological artifacts.

The objects and stories within span from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, touching upon military, communications, and cultural history. A connective thread is the recurring presence of sound—audible, self-generative, and remembered—charting the contentious sonic histories of paranormal culture.

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$21.95 T ISBN: 9781907222665 264 pp. | 5.8 in x 8.2 in 24 b&w illus.

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  • High Static, Dead Lines is one of the most imaginative books to contend with sound in recent memory.

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