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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), an auditory 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.