Audio culture: readings in modern music

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Continuum, 2004 - Music - 454 pages
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Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music attempts to map the aural and discursive terrain of vanguard musical culture today. Rather than offering a history of contemporary music, this book traces the genealogy of contemporary musical practices and theoretical concerns, drawing lines of connection between recent musical practices and earlier moments of sonic experimentation. It aims to foreground the various rewirings of musical composition and performance that have taken place in the past few decades and to provide a critical and theoretical language for this new audio culture. Via writings by philosophers, cultural theorists, and composers, the book explores the interconnections among such forms as Minimalism, Indeterminacy, musique concrete, Improvised Music, the Classical Avant Garde, Experimental Music, Avant-Rock, Dub Reggae, Ambient Music, Hip Hop, and Techno. Rather than focusing on the putative "crossover" between "high art" and "low art" in the new audio culture, the book takes all of these musics as experimental practices on par with, and linked to, one another. While cultural studies has tended to look at music (primarily popular music) from a sociological perspective, the concern here is philosophical, musical, and historical. As such, the book poses and seeks to answer questions such as: What new modes of production, circulation, reception, and discourse do these new musical practices mobilize? How do these practices complicate the definition of "music" and its distinction from "silence," "noise," and "sound"? In what ways do they challenge traditional conceptions of authorship, textuality, and ownership? The book includes writings by: Jacques Attali, John Cage, SimonReynolds, Brian Eno, Glenn Gould, Umberto Eco, Michael Nyman, Ornette Coleman, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and many others.

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Noise Sound Silence Introduction
Jacques Attali Noise and Politics
Futurist Manifesto

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Christoph Cox is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College.

Daniel Warner is Professor of Music at Hampshire College, MA, where he teaches electronic and computer music.

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