Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music Paperback – 1 Aug 2016
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Audio Culture is the best introduction to the long historical fades and theoretical jumpcuts of what millions in the 21st C. now listen to as music: overwhelming noise and disturbed silences, unfettered Improv and indeterminate obstacles, the performance of recording, electricity, eclectics, mistakes and just the thought of music.""- --Douglas Kahn, author of Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts, and Director of Technocultural Studies at the University of California, Davis
About the Author
Christoph Cox is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College, MA. He writes regularly on contemporary art and music for Artforum, The Wire and other magazines. Daniel Warner is Professor of Music at Hampshire College, MA, where he teaches electronic and computer music.
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technology. The best thing about this book is that the collection of writings are presented in such a way as to allow the reader to make their own judgements. Quite often each successive piece contains contradicting judgments on relating and same issues giving a very convenient opportunity for objectivity. It helps the reader to gain an understanding of the world of sound on its own terms and not in terms of individual stylistic values emminating from supposedly disperate cultures.
At the beginning of each essay the editors have given a brief account of the author (who in most cases practice(d) work with sound, i.e. Derek Bailey, John Cage, Luigi Russolo, Brian Eno, Steve Reich, Tony Conrad, John Zorn etc etc etc, the list goes on and on!)
The book has 57 essays (admitidly i haven't read everone just yet) which gives a wide scope of different perspectives on the subject.
The title says it all really 'Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music' if this title interests you then the book will! It does exactly what it says on the tin! But don't get confused, this book describes 'modern music' (correctly) as changes that are of interest in audio culture that have appeared through the avant garde, jazz, noise and electronic age. Do not think that 'modern music' refers to Usher or Britney Spears cause you will be disappioted.
Yeah, well worth reading, comprehensive book for anyone interested in the subjects.
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.
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