Being at Duke University, I was able to discover how attending a game was far more exciting than just watching the game on television. Indeed, attending the game allows us to be exposed to one of the most important aspect of a game: the sound. Sound is something that goes unnoticed most of the time. However, if we observe carefully, there are innumerous different kinds of sounds that are key factors in making sport attractive. Some of the games I attended at Duke University such as the one against Clemson University, which took place in the Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 2nd, were ideal to observe this. Scrutinizing these sounds and different roles that they play in sport through parts of my fieldnote and several literatures, we will be able to better understand why sound is so important.
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By Maxwell Horowitz
Music and sound effects preparation and performance in individuals psychologically, which allows them to get to the point where they are in the zone or reach their flow. Socially, as in team sports, once all individuals reach this point, only then can the team begin to gain momentum and reach their momentum realized. Basically, the effect of flow must occur within the individual before the team can function at optimal performance. This creates what I call the “hurricane effect,” as the player and team has a calm and peaceful core, but provides an intense amount of force. This paper will analyze ways in which indidivudals attain their momentum realized through the effects of music and a team’s transition from individual efforts to one mutual power.
By Ben Shantz
Timeouts are integral to most every sporting event. They help synchronize actions between players and allow more intimate interactions between coaches and players. Something seldom considered, however, is the role that sound plays in timeouts. From the auditory cues that precipitate the calling of a timeout, to the various interactions during and immediately after a timeout there is a noticeable change in what sounds are heard and what interactions occur due to those changes in sound. Notable among the aspects of the game that can change during a timeout are momentum, motivation, and performance. Momentum will be a concept that is employed frequently in this paper; Peter Adler describes it in his book Momentum: A Theory of Social Action, as “a state of dynamic intensity marked by an elevated or depressed rate of motion, grace, and success.” Examining the pre-timeout, during timeout, and post-timeout periods will better demonstrate the uniqueness of timeouts to sports interactions as well as how timeouts and sound work together. Initially, however, it is necessary to distinguish between various types of sporting music and what effects they can have on performance.
By Charlie Thurston
In this paper, I discuss the role sound and music plays in sports. I will examine how sound enables interaction between the fans and the game. For this, I reference work by Peter Adler, Momentum: A Theory of Social Action. Next, I talk about the sonic qualities unique to collegiate and professional athletics. Finally, I discuss the implications these differences have about each respective level and some core dissimilarities they provide insight to.