bad vibrations: infrasound, sonic hauntings and imperceptible politics

my chapter from the collection the acoustic city (eds. b.j. nilsen and m. gandy)

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infrasonic whistle & david bowie

In the 1960s, it is rumoured that French researcher, Vladimir Gavreau stumbled upon the harmful potential of infrasound when workers in his cybernetic lab fell ill. He found that a faulty ventilator fan was emitting an infrasonic resonance and he immediately tried to weaponize infrasound in the form of an infrasonic whistle.

Screen shot 2013-10-19 at 1.56.34 PM¬†gavreau and his ‘whistle’

Here is David Bowie talking about it (he refers to it as ‘black noise’)

(3:31 mark)