High Static, Dead Lines: Sonic Spectres & the Object Hereafter


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Strange Attractor Press
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5.2 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Kristen Gallerneaux is a writer, folklorist, and artist. She has published on topics as diverse as mathematics in midcentury design, the visual history of telepathy research, the world's first mouse pad, and car audio bass battles in Miami. She is also Curator of Communications and Information Technology at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, where she continues to build upon one of the largest historic technology collections in North America.


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


Gallerneaux reminds us that it's ok to be irrational when confronted with new technologies. She doesn't seem to pass any judgement whatsoever on the appeal that the supernatural might have on perfectly balanced minds. We might look with amusement at the historical examples of human gullibility described in the book but I doubt we are much wiser today.

--We Make Money Not Art

An enthralling look at how sound waves have contributed to what we think of as paranormal culture.

--Chicago Review of Books

A remarkable book.


Because of its historical, curatorial, and cultural curiosity, High Static, Dead Lines: Sonic Specters and the Object Hereafter is an interesting and insightful read for media historians, parapsychologists, sound artists, and anyone interested in technological materiality.


This book is brilliantly providing a path to experience, walking on the blurry line among sounds, machines and human perceptions.