The primacy of sight has robbed us. It’s almost as if we were addicted to looking.
As a sensory awareness practitioner who encourages a playful approach towards tactile and usually organic materials when I am not employing outdoor adventuring to foster nature relatedness, I am always teasing those I work with that we need to come to our senses.
As a deep listening meditator, and an oftime vocalist/cello/word bruitage experimenter, music and sound artists have been guides. But there are a few books that have helped along the way particularly in the way of the hearing organs.
In no particular order here are a few that come to mind.
Black hole blues and other songs from outer space. Janna Levin, 2016
Listening to noise and silence: towards a Philosophy of sound art. Salome Vogelin, 2010
The great animal orchestra: finding the origins of music in the worlds wild places Bernard Krause, 2012
This is your brain on music : the science of a human obsession Daniel J. Levitin, 2006
The rest is noise: listening to the 20th century. Alex Ross, 2007
Musicophilia Oliver Sacks, 2007
Music the Brain and Ecstasy: How music captures your imagination Robert Jourdain, 1997
La voix étude d’ethno-linguistic comparée Kwada Junzo, 1988/1998
Deep Listening Practice of a Composer -Pauline Oliveros
Sight and Sensibility: the Ecopsychology of perception Laura Sewall, 1999
The sense of the world, Jean Luc Nancy 2001
Downcast Eyes: the denigration of vision in 20th century French Thought, Martin Jay, 1993
Noise matters: towards an ontology of noise Greg Hainge 2013
The spell of the sensuous, David Abram, 1996
You can find most of these books at any good public library. Check your world catalogue.