Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art
  • Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art
  • Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art

Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art

by Brandon LaBelle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826418457

ISBN-13: 9780826418456

Pub. Date: 04/19/2006

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Background Noise follows the development of sound as an artistic medium and illustrates how sound is put to use within modes of composition, installation, and performance. While chronological in its structure, Brandon LaBelle's book is informed by spatial thinking - weaving architecture, environments, and the specifics of location into the work of sound,

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Background Noise follows the development of sound as an artistic medium and illustrates how sound is put to use within modes of composition, installation, and performance. While chronological in its structure, Brandon LaBelle's book is informed by spatial thinking - weaving architecture, environments, and the specifics of location into the work of sound, with the aim of formulating an expansive history and understanding of sound art.

At its center the book presupposes an intrinsic relation between sound and its location, galvanizing acoustics, sound phenomena, and the environmental with the tensions inherent in what LaBelle identifies as sound's relational dynamic. For the author, this is embedded within sound's tendency to become public expressed in its ability to travel distances, foster cultural expression, and define spaces while being radically flexible.

How does sound embed us within local environments while connecting us to a broader circumference? What consequence does sound art have for notions of spatiality and site-specific practice? Can we engage questions of identity and subjective experience in relation to listening and the resonance of place? Such questions are addressed through consideration of the work of a range of artists, musicians, performers, and composers, including Vito Acconci, Maryanne Amacher, Michael Asher, John Cage, Bill Fontana, Christof Migone, Max Neuhaus, Yasunao Tone, Achim Wollscheid, and Iannis Xenakis.

Intersecting material analysis with theoretical frameworks spanning art and architectural theory, performance studies, and media theory, Background Noise makes the case that sound art should be at the core of contemporary culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826418456
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/19/2006
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : auditory relations
Fade in
Ch. 1Sociality of sound : John Cage and musical concepts7
Ch. 2Exposing the sound object : Musique Concrete's sonic research24
Ch. 3Automatic music : Group Ongaku's performative labors35
Ch. 4Rhythms of chaos : happenings, environments, and fluxus54
Ch. 5Minimalist treatments : La Monte Young and Robert Morris68
Ch. 6Conceptualizations : Michael Asher and the subject of space87
Ch. 7Performing desire/performing fear : Vito Acconci and the power plays of voice108
Ch. 8Finding oneself Alvin Lucier and the phenomenal voice123
Ch. 9Word of mouth : Christof Migone's little manias133
Ch. 10Tuning space : Max Neuhaus and site-specific sound154
Ch. 11Other architectures : Michael Brewster, Maryanne Amacher, and Bernhard Leitner167
Ch. 12Composing intensities : Iannis Xenakis's multimedia architectures183
Ch. 13Seeking ursound : Hildegard Westerkamp, Steve Peters, and the soundscape201
Ch. 14Language games : Yasunao Tone and the mechanics of information218
Ch. 15Complicating place : Bill Fontana and networking the soundscape230
Ch. 16Interactions : Achim Wollscheid's production of the local251
Ch. 17Global events : Atau Tanaka and network as instrument267
Ch. 18Live streams : Apo33 and multiplying place280
Fade out293
Conclusion : auditive pivot295

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