Sounding Art is a journey that traverses a variety of aesthetic approaches to making electronic music. Katharine Norman, herself a composer, writes from a highly personal and unusual perspective. The series of eight extended essays is a long way from conventional academic writing, and covers far more than the traditional repertoire. The essays are themselves literary compositions, whose structure, language and visual appearance are carefully constructed to amplify their theme - whether it be microsound or acousmatic art, electroacoustic or radiophonic music, plunderphonics, turntables or noise. In addition to this listening travel, these essays take illustrative byways through subjects as diverse as map-making, metaphors of flight, emblem books, the history of recording, translating and walks in the rain. The accompanying CD is a route map for the ears, providing a great number of examples by many different composers and artists. Sounding Art is not a history book; it is a book about what sound might mean, and it's an invitation to listen.
Katharine Norman is a composer, sound artist and writer. She received a PhD in composition from Princeton in 1993 and has, since then, pursued a career as a composer, academic and, increasingly, writer. However, during the writing of this book - which became something of a personal odyssey - she emigrated from London, England to a small island near to Vancouver. Prior to this change of direction she was, for five years, Director of the Electronic Music Studios at Goldsmiths, University of London and, before that, held various teaching posts in the UK. You can find more information on her work at http://www.novamara.com.
Contents: Introduction; Sounding... ... spaces: Concrete tales and touching times; Several infinities (an emblem book); Sounding... ...worlds: When no direction home; The same trail twice: Talking Rain with Hildegard Westerkamp; Sounding... ...voices: Speak/Listen; Figure-toi...: listening to Sous le regard d'un soleil noir by Francis Dhomont; Sounding... ...edges: Beyond the limit and the line; The endnotes: Appendices; Bibliography; Recordings; Index. CD