Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2006 - Music - 316 pages
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The rise of a prominent auditory culture, 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. 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
 

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Contents

John Cage and Musical Concepts
7
Musique Concrètes
24
Group Ongakus Performative Labors
35
Box with the Sound of Its Own Making From
47
Happenings Environments and Fluxus
54
La Monte Young and Robert Morris
68
Michael Asher and the Subject of Space
87
I Am Sitting in a Room Vocal Intensities
99
Public Supply Buildings Constructions
147
Michael Brewster
167
Iannis Xenakiss
183
Introduction to Part 5
197
Yasunao Tone and the Mechanics
218
Global Strings Interpersonal and Network Space
243
Atau Tanaka and Network as Instrument
267
Apos3 and Multiplying Place
280

Vito Acconci and the Power
108
Finding Oneself Alvin Lucier and the Phenomenal Voice
123
Christof Migones Little Manias
133
Fade Out
293
Index
309
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Brandon LaBelle is a sound artist and writer from Los Angeles. Working in the fields of sound, performance, and installation art since 1992, LaBelle aims to draw attention to the dynamics of sound as it is found within spaces and objects, public events and interactions, language and the body. Through a performative interaction with objects, found sound, and minimal electronics, the work draws attention to the quality and nature of what is already there through an emphasis on and displacement of listening and interaction, as a technological and architectural glitch. LaBelle's interest in site-specificity reflects a desire to consider the relationships and tensions between art and a broader social environment. His work has been featured in "Bitstreams" at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in Amplitude of Chance at Kawasaki City Museum Japan, at the 9th International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Liverpool and Manchester, Sampling Rage Festival in Berlin, the ICA London, Experimental Intermedia in New York, the Arizona State University Museum, and as part of Sound as Media at ICC in Tokyo. His work has been released on the SELEKTION , Fringes Recordings , Ground Fault , and La Bruit Secret labels.

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