Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde

Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde

by Douglas Kahn
     
 

ISBN-10: 026261104X

ISBN-13: 9780262611046

Pub. Date: 10/05/1995

Publisher: MIT Press

Wireless Imagination addresses perhaps the most conspicuous silence in contemporary theory and art criticism, the silence that surrounds the polyphonous histories of audio art. Composed of both original essays and several newly translated documents, this book provides a close audition to some of the most telling and soundful moments in the "deaf century," conceived

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Wireless Imagination addresses perhaps the most conspicuous silence in contemporary theory and art criticism, the silence that surrounds the polyphonous histories of audio art. Composed of both original essays and several newly translated documents, this book provides a close audition to some of the most telling and soundful moments in the "deaf century," conceived and performed by such artists as Raymond Roussel, Antonin Artaud, Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, John Cage,
Hugo Ball, Kurt Weill, and William Burroughs.From the late nineteenth century to the
1960s, the essays uncover the fantastic acoustic scenarios projected through the writings of Raymond Roussel; the aural objects of Marcel Duchamp; Dziga Vertov's proposal for a phonographic "laboratory of hearing"; the ZAUM language and Radio
Sorcery conjured by Velimir Khlebnikov; the iconoclastic castaways of F. T.
Marinetti's La Radia; the destroyed musics of the Surrealists; the noise bands of
Russolo, Foregger, Varèse, and Cage; the contorted radio talk show delivered by
Antonin Artaud; the labyrinthine inner journeys invoked by German Hörspiel; and the razor contamination and cut-up ventriloquism of William S. Burroughs.Douglas Kahn is
Associate Professor of Media Arts at Arizona State University. Gregory Whitehead is an audio artist who produces radio transmissions and events.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262611046
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/05/1995
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Histories of Sound Once Removed1
The Phonograph's Horned Mouth31
The Lamentations of Edison, From L'Eve Future (1886)63
Death in Light of the Phonograph: Raymond Roussel's Locus Solus69
Marcel Duchamp's Gap Music: Operations in the Space Between Art and Noise105
Banging on the Windowpane: Sound in Early Surrealism139
Give Me the Anathema, Lascivious Thing (1915)191
Songs From the Museum of the Future: Russian Sound Creation (1910-1930)197
The Symphony of Sirens (1923)245
Out of the Dark: Notes on the Nobodies of Radio Art253
La Radia (1933)265
Radio, Death, and the Devil: Artaud's Pour En Finir Avec Le Jugement De Dieu269
To have Done with the Judgment of God (1947)309
Soundplay: The Polyphonous Tradition of German Radio Art331
The Ear that Would Hear Sounds in Themselves: John Cage 1935-1965373
Sound Identity Fading Out: William Burroughs' Tape Experiments409
Notes on Contributors439
Index441

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