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This review is from: Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Paperback)
This book has been a saving grace for me. 454 pages packed full of supreme musical knowledge. I am currently completing a degree in Creative Music and Sound Technology, and this book has been utterly indispensible. It includes landmark writings by important sound theorists such as R Murray Schafer, Pierre Schaeffer, Luigi Russolo (my personal hero), Karlheinz Stockhausen, and many more important innovators in 20th century music. There's articles by Adorno, John Cage, Steve Reich, Brian Eno, William S. Burroughs, Edgard Varese, Henry Cowell, Marshall McLuhan, even noise-artist Merzbow... I could go on.
My final project is centred around the use of noise and found sound in music, and the articles on musique concrete, soundscape music and industrial music have been particularly useful. My essays are packed full of prudent and pertinant references and evidence to support my arguments and this book has provided me with many interesting theories to analyse. The book has also aided my work on electroacoustic and acousmatic music, offering solid background knowledge. Has also been very useful for an essay on recorded music vs live music, discussing music in the age of electronic reproduction and the prospects of recording as well as a section on improvisation. The book will be very useful for electronic music enthusiasts as it examines the beginnings of electronic music and its assimilation into present day modern music. Section on DJ culture too.
As well as being a brilliant academic tool, this book is also very interesting and inspiring to read (apart from the Adorno article, because that guy is just soul-destroying). The references in the book provided much further reading/listening; at the back of the book you will find a chronology, a glossary, a selected discography and selected bibliography of recommended texts. If you are on or considering joining a sound or music course, this book is an absolute must have.