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

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

By: Salome Voegelin (author)Paperback

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This is a fresh, bold study of the emerging field of Sound Art, informed by the ideas of Adorno, Merleau Ponty and others. "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, Salome 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.

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About Author

Salome Voegelin is Senior Lecturer in Sound Arts and Design at the London College of Communication. An artist and writer, her work has been shown in the UK and mainland Europe.


Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part one Listening; Part two Noise; Part three Silence; Part four Time and Space; Part five Now; Bibliography; List of Works; Notes; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/05/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781441162076
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 250
  • ID: 9781441162076
  • weight: 372
  • ISBN10: 1441162070

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