Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Voice, Sound, and Aurality in the Arts

Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Voice, Sound, and Aurality in the Arts

by Douglas Kahn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262611724

ISBN-13: 9780262611725

Pub. Date: 10/01/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

This interdisciplinary history and theory of sound in the arts reads the twentieth century by listening to it--to the emphatic and exceptional sounds of modernism and those on the cusp of postmodernism, recorded sound, noise, silence,
the fluid sounds of immersion and dripping, and the meat voices of viruses, screams,
and bestial cries. Focusing on Europe

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This interdisciplinary history and theory of sound in the arts reads the twentieth century by listening to it--to the emphatic and exceptional sounds of modernism and those on the cusp of postmodernism, recorded sound, noise, silence,
the fluid sounds of immersion and dripping, and the meat voices of viruses, screams,
and bestial cries. Focusing on Europe in the first half of the century and the
United States in the postwar years, Douglas Kahn explores aural activities in literature, music, visual arts, theater, and film. Placing aurality at the center of the history of the arts, he revisits key artistic questions, listening to the sounds that drown out the politics and poetics that generated them. Artists discussed include Antonin Artaud, George Brecht, William Burroughs, John Cage, Sergei
Eisenstein, Fluxus, Allan Kaprow, Michael McClure, Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock, Luigi
Russolo, and Dziga Vertov.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262611725
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
465
Sales rank:
1,250,769
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsviii
Introduction2
Listening through History;
Prelude: Modernism
Explanations and Qualifications
Part ISignificant Noises20
1.Immersed in Noise25
Sentient Sound
Interpolation of Noise
Protean Noise
Oscillator Noise
2.Noises of the Avant-Garde45
Bruitism
Noise and Simultaneity
The Future of War Noises
Part IIDrawing the Line: Music, Noise, and Phonography68
3.Concerning the Line72
Resident Noises
The Gloss of the Gliss
Beethoven at Fifty Times per Second
"I, the Accelerated Line"
4.The Sound of Music101
Demarcated Sounds
Drawing the Line in Theory
Synesthesia as Noise Abatement
5.Ubiquitous Recording123
The Rotary Revolution
Russian Revolutionary Film
Part IIIThe Impossible Inaudible158
6.John Cage: Silence and Silencing161
Much to Confess about Nothing
Canned Silence
Silencing Techniques
Cage and the Impossible Inaudible
7.Nondissipative Sounds and the Impossible Inaudible200
Inaudibly Loud, Long-Lasting, Far-Reaching
Machines of Nondissipation
8.The Parameters of All Sound224
Loud Sounds
Conceptual Sounds
Part IVWater Flows and Flux242
9.A Short Art History of Water Sound245
Water Music
Dripping
Surrealism and Submerged Women
10.In the Wake of Dripping: New York at Midcentury260
The Object of Performance
Allan Kaprow: Immersed Noisician
George Brecht's Drip Music
Part VMeat Voices290
11.Two Sounds of the Virus: William Burroughs's Pure Meat Method293
A Culture for Growing Viruses
Schlupping
On Goo Behavior
The Cancer Virus
Cellular Phones
12.Cruelty and the Beast: Antonin Artaud and Michael McClure322
Artaud in America
Musical Artauds: Tudor and Cage
Beats Language
Beast Language
Affected and Afflicted Screaming
Seraphic Screams and the Tortuous Blast
Notes360
Index446

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