If you believe sound matters and noise harms but are unsure why this is so and want to find out more about the reasons for your concerns this book Discord: The Story of Noise by Mike Goldsmith (former Head of the Acoustic Group at the United Kingdom's National Physical Laboratory) is for you.
We are not alone, believe me. And noise is not a consequence of modernity.
Read a NYT review of this book here and more reviews through the author’s site.
The front cover was NOT designed by Munch, I am sure...