Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art by Salome VoegelinListening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art by Salome Voegelin

Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art

bySalome Voegelin

Paperback | March 31, 2010

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Listening to Noise and Silence engages with the emerging practice of sound art and the concurrent development of a discourse and theory of sound. In this original and challenging work, Salom¿ Voegelin immerses the reader in concepts of listening to sound artwork and the everyday acoustic environment, establishing an aesthetics and philosophy of sound and promoting the notion of a sonic sensibility. A multitude of sound works are discussed, by lesser known contemporary artists and composers (for example Curgenven, Gasson and Federer), historical figures in the field (Artaud, Feldman and Cage), and that of contemporary canonic artists such as Janet Cardiff, Bill Fontana, Bernard Parmegiani, and Merzbow. Informed by the ideas of Adorno, Merleau-Ponty and others, the book aims to come to a critique of sound art from its soundings rather than in relation to abstracted themes and pre-existing categories. Listening to Noise and Silence broadens the discussion surrounding sound art and opens up the field for others to follow.
Salom¿ Voegelin is a Reader in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication, UAL. An artist and writer, she is also the author of Sonic Possible Worlds.
Title:Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.03 × 6.03 × 0.76 inPublished:March 31, 2010Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Part one Listening Being Honeyed To Listen Dynamic Things and Places Critique of a Remote Critic Listening to the Soundscape Recorded Listening to the Radio Conclusion: Sonic Solitude Part two Noise Bad Taste Noisy Non-Sense How can you hear it when you do not know what you are listening for? - Noise and Modernism Noise and Postmodernism Sonic Noise Conclusion: Noisy Voices Part three Silence Conceptual Silence When there is nothing to hear you start hearing things The silent "I"/ Sonic Subjectivity Crickets Silent Duration Symbolic, Semiotic and Social Sound Moments of Coincidence Radiophonic Silence Conclusion: Silence as Context of Auditory Aesthetics Part four Time and Space Sitting in Rooms Resonating Places; Sounding Time Geography of Timespace Inhabiting a Playfull Agonism Building Sonic Bridges and Towns A Sonic Sensibility for New Media Art Narrating temporal places/ migration The Timespace of Radio Conclusion: Into the Now of Listening Part five Now Sonic Pasts: an Afterthought Perception and Sensation Sound as 'Pathetic Trigger' The Duration of Perception The Refrain of Now Bibliography List of Works Notes Index

Editorial Reviews

The examples under discussion range from by-now canonical recent works by a clutch of lesser known artists...Voegelin's critical style is so singular that she avoids cliche in the treatment of all these artists, prising them out of a conversation about music and into a challenging treatise on the art of listening.