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Sound (Documents of Contemporary Art) [Paperback]

Caleb Kelly
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Mar 2010 Documents of Contemporary Art
The 'sonic turn' in recent art reflects a wider cultural awareness that sight no longer dominates our perception or understanding of contemporary reality. The background buzz of myriad mechanically reproduced sounds increasingly mediates our lives. Tuning in to this incessant auditory stimulus some of our most influential artists have investigated the corporeal, cultural and political resonance. In tandem with recent experimental music and technology, art has opened up to hitherto excluded dimensions of noise, silence and the act of listening. Artists working with sound have engaged in new forms of aesthetic encounter with the city and nature, the everyday and cultural otherness, technological effects and psychological states. New perspectives on sound have generated a wave of scholarship in musicology, cultural studies and the social sciences. But the equally important rise of sound in the arts since 1960 has so far been sparsely documented. This volume is the first sourcebook to provide, through original critical writings and artists' statements, a genealogy of sonic pathways into the arts; philosophical reflections on the meanings of noise and silence; dialogues between art and music; investigations of the role of listening and acoustic space; and a comprehensive survey of sound works by international artists from the avant-garde era to the present. Artists surveyed include Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Doug Aitken, Maryanne Amacher, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Kim Cascone, Martin Creed, Paul DeMarinis, Bill Fontana, Kim Gordon, Dan Graham, Ryoji Ikeda, Mike Kelley, Christina Kubisch, Bernhard Leitner, Alvin Lucier, Len Lye, Christian Marclay, Max Neuhaus, Carsten Nicolai, Hermann Nitsch, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Luigi Russolo, Karin Sander, Mieko Shiomi, Michael Snow and Bill Viola. Writers include Ralph T. Coe, Christoph Cox, Suzanne Delehanty, William Furlong, Liam Gillick, Paul Hegarty, Branden W. Joseph, Douglas Kahn, Dan Lander, W.J.T. Mitchell, Michael Nyman, R. Murray Schafer, Michel Serres, David Toop and Paul Virilio.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Whitechapel Art Gallery (Mar 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0854881875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854881871
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Responding to the increasingly frequent contention that 'sound' itself is a category of contemporary art practice, this rewarding collection of voices illuminates the sometimes distinct, but more often overlapping zones of the auditory, the musical, and the sonic, from Luigi Russolo's Art of Noises to our heterogeneous present. Fascinating and useful." - Marina Rosenfeld , artist and composer, co-chair, Music/Sound, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College

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Caleb Kelly is a New Zealand-born writer, curator and producer in the fields of experimental music, sound arts and performance. A lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, he is the author of Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction (The MIT Press, 2009).

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reference Guide 8 Nov 2013
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If you want a quick and easy overview and an introduction to sound art this is a good little book. I found it useful as an initial reference for further investigation into the subject of art that uses sound. Had it on loan from the library for months, so thought I should buy my own copy. Easy to read too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing 31 Mar 2013
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A quote farm. Really badly structured and only useful for pulling relevant quotes.

If you've been suggested this for visual culture, chose another!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 13 Mar 2013
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This was a really great book that included several different aspects of sound and sound theory. I read this book cover to cover taking notes and was always inspired and curious by the things I was reading and learning. This is a great book to use while you are in the process of creating sound art because it helps keep you in the right frame of mind by allowing you to focus on sound theory and also by letting you consider works created by other sound artists. The small article format is nice because it helps to break up all of the concepts so that you can thoroughly focus on each one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of great short texts on sound 28 Feb 2013
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This book is simply amazing. The texts cover a wide range of theoretical thoughts in regard to sound, its perception, use in art etc. I recommend this book to everyone interested in the theory of sound both in the everyday and in an art context. The selection of authors covers more or less everyone relevant in the field of sound. Great book, I love it!
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