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The Anxieties of Auditory Influence

This book (in prep) is about the science, myths, fears, and hopes of how, from 1945 and after, America saw music and sound as a way to influence behaviors, brainwash people, and even take pain away. The story revolves around the Audiac (pictured), a music analgesic system patented in 1961 for use in dental procedures. The Audiac was produced and sold by the Ritter Company, Inc from 1961-1963 and represents a confluence of ideas about how sound and music can effect us consciously and unconsciously.