Background Noise, Second Edition: Perspectives on Sound Art by Brandon LaBelleBackground Noise, Second Edition: Perspectives on Sound Art by Brandon LaBelle

Background Noise, Second Edition: Perspectives on Sound Art

byBrandon LaBelle

Paperback | January 29, 2015

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Background Noise follows the development of sound as an artistic medium and illustrates how sound is put to use within modes of composition, installation, and performance. While chronological in its structure, Brandon LaBelle's book is informed by spatial thinking - weaving architecture, environments, and the specifics of location into the work of sound, with the aim of formulating an expansive history and understanding of sound art. At its center the book presupposes an intrinsic relation between sound and its location, galvanizing acoustics, sound phenomena, and the environmental with the tensions inherent in what LaBelle identifies as sound's relational dynamic. For the author, this is embedded within sound's tendency to become public expressed in its ability to travel distances, foster cultural expression, and define spaces while being radically flexible. This second expanded edition includes a new chapter on the non-human and subnatural tendencies in sound art, revisions to the text as well as a new preface by the author. Intersecting material analysis with theoretical frameworks spanning art and architectural theory, performance studies and media theory, Background Noise makes the case that sound and sound art are central to understandings of contemporary culture.
Brandon LaBelle is an artist and writer working with sound culture and locational identities. His previous book, Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art, was published in 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic. He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press and organizer of the related Surface Tension project. He is currently Professor at the Nation...
Title:Background Noise, Second Edition: Perspectives on Sound ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 29, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1628923520

ISBN - 13:9781628923520


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface to the Second Edition Introduction: Auditory Relations Fade In Part 1: 4'33": Sound and Points of Origin Introduction to Part 1 Chapter 1 Sociality of Sound: John Cage and Musical Concepts Chapter 2 Exposing the Sound Object:Musique Concr¿te's Sonic Research Chapter 3 Automatic Music: Group Ongaku's Performative Labors Part 2: Box with the Sound of Its Own Making: From Gags to Sculptural Form Introduction to Part 2 Chapter 4 Rhythms of Chaos: Happenings, Environments, and Fluxus Chapter 5 Minimalist Treatments: La Monte Young and Robert Morris Chapter 6 Conceptualizations:Michael Asher and the Subject of Space Part 3: I Am Sitting in a Room: Vocal Intensities Introduction to Part 3 Chapter 7 Performing Desire/ Performing Fear: Vito Acconci and the Power Plays of Voice Chapter 8 Finding Oneself: Alvin Lucier and the Phenomenal Voice Chapter 9 Word of Mouth: Christof Migone's Little Manias Part 4: Public Supply: Buildings, Constructions, and Locational Listening Introduction to Part 4 Chapter 10 Tuning Space:Max Neuhaus and Site-Specific Sound Chapter 11 Other Architectures:Michael Brewster, Maryanne Amacher, and Bernhard Leitner Chapter 12 Composing Intensities: Iannis Xenakis's Multimedia Architectures Part 5: Soundmarks: Environments and Aural Geography Introduction to Part 5 Chapter 13 Seeking Ursound: Hildegard Westerkamp, Steve Peters, and the Soundscape Chapter 14 Language Games: Yasunao Tone and the Mechanics of Information Chapter 15 Complicating Place: Bill Fontana and Networking the Soundscape Part 6: Global Strings: Interpersonal and Network Space Introduction to Part 6 Chapter 16 Interactions: Achim Wollscheid's Production of the Local Chapter 17 Global Events: Atau Tanaka and Network as Instrument Chapter 18 Live Streams: Apo33 and Multiplying Place Fade Out Conclusion: Auditive Pivot Appendix: Peripheries - subnature, phantom memory, and dirty listening List of Works Cited Index

Editorial Reviews

The rise of a prominent auditory culture, as seen in the recent plethora of art exhibitions on sound art, in conjunction with academic programs dedicated to "aural culture", sonic art, and auditory issues now emerging, reveals the degree to which sound art is lending definition to the 21st Century. And yet sound art still lacks related literature to compliment, and expand, the realm of practice. Written by The Wire's contributor Brandon Labelle, Background Noise sets out an historical overview, while at the same time shaping that history according to what sound art reveals-the dynamics of art to operate spatially, through media of reproduction and broadcast, and in relation to the intensities of communication and its contextual framework.