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Response Paper #6 Chapter five of Secret Soldiers proved to be the most intriguing reading I have accomplished thus far in class. I enjoyed how Gerard portrayed a storyline into the informative facts that have occurred in our great nations history. He was able to pull me in and get me interested as a reader right from the beginning of the reading. Gerard provides in this chapter, the relationship between sound, artists/musicians and war. Gerard explains how one's love for sound and electronics, Walter Manser, led him to profoundly aiding to the link between sound and effective war deception tactics. "Sound made sense to him."(pg.103) Manser, "could practically see the electrons racing along the thin wires, the sound waves oscillating through the air."(pg.103) Colonel Railey noticed Manser's strong liking towards radio technology and positioned him in the Signal Company Special. For, it was Manser that gave promise to the greatly improved technology of the speaker itself as well as improved recording techniques of being able to record and playback the presence, or "acoustical intimacy", of sound. Thus giving a foundation to the Sonic Campaign of sound deception within the war--sound as an advantage over the enemy. The sound effects recorded by the sonic engineers made them out as definite artists, making them, in a sense, musicians of their work. These were not everyday soldiers, no they were people that harnessed talents, people that expressed their talent outside of the army, proving their viability as finely tuned selected soldier for the Sonic Campaign. Each and every engineer had to strive to capture virtually, "any military activity that could possibly be useful in mounting a deception"(pg.11). They also had to be able to playback the sound effects in any weather condition that played out in a manner that gave the sounds a real world human activity

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