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Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Sinister Resonance begins with the premise that sound is a haunting, a ghost, a presence whose location is ambiguous and whose existence is transitory. The intangibility of sound is uncanny – a phenomenal presence in the head, at its point of source and all around. The close listener is like a medium who draws out substance from that which is not entirely there.

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published by Continuum International Publishing Group (first published 2010)
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Richard Sanford
Not quite as strong as Toop's earlier books - but considering he's written some of my top 10 books about music ever, Haunted Weather, Exotica and Ocean of Sounds - that's not half bad. A look at how we depict and understand sound, but more about what we know and try to express about *listening*. The subtitle refers to how what we hear actually haunts and inhabits us.

Drawing Seurat and Man Ray, Virginia Woolf and Joyce, Wilkie Collins and Po Chiu-i, the sources get away once in a while but even t
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Tara Brabazon
David Toop is simply one of the finest writers in sonic media. This book is beautifully written and equal to his earlier influential monographs. For those interested in models and theories of listening, this book is a fine foundation for scholarship.
Colin Masso
This book goes to great lengths to extract the resonance from silent objects, like books and paintings, and does so admirably. It gave me a new way of hearing things that make so sound at all, which will likely only make sense to you if you read the book. I liked Ocean of Sound better, but am still really glad that I read this book. The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking how I wished I had read it while I was still a theatrical sound designer, and how much differently I would have appr ...more
Neil Dewhurst
An intriguing foray into sound, noise, music, and silence. Early chapters taking in the occasionally sinister nature of sound and hearing, as subjectively experienced by the listener, particularly when contrasted with sight (seeing is believing, after all) lead into some interesting discussion of sound and noises in art.

My interest wasn't entirley sustained through to the end, but there are still several nuggets in the last part of the book, such as the impossibility of true silence.
Michael
Oct 22, 2011 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horror writers
Shelves: uncanny
Toop likes to riff on lists of examples -- it's a very academic book -- yet I'm inspired by his emphasis on the weirdness of sound and the way it carries a sinister subtext. I'm getting ideas from this book for my horror fiction. A good read.
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Feb 20, 2012 gdg marked it as to-read
I enjoyed the beginning of this book and then got bored. Perhaps I will go back to it one day but I suspect not...

Too bad for me.
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