Nicholas Adrian Knouf F'12

Nicholas Adrian Knouf
Assistant Professor
Cinema and Media Studies
Wellesley College

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2012
Doctoral Candidate
Information Science
Cornell University
The Embolus and the Ostium of the Sonic Field

This dissertation proposes the concept of the "sonic field" to follow the equivocality of sonic noise and its distribution throughout space and time. Noise is both something that can be captured in processes of accumulation as well as an unstable fluid that resists containment. The sonic field highlights how these processes simultaneously overlap, interacting in unpredictable ways. Examining this interplay requires a careful understanding of the intersection of psychological, social, and environmental spheres. Through a critical analysis of early information theory and music, sonic accelerationism, robotic performing objects, and sonic collectivity, the dissertation follows noise as it contributes to fluid processes of psychological and social transformation.