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Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts
An examination of the role of sound in twentieth-century arts.This interdisciplinary history and theory of sound in the arts reads the twentieth century by listening to it--to the emphatic and exceptional sounds of modernism and those on the cusp of postmodernism, recorded sound, noise, silence, the fluid sounds of immersion and dripping, and the meat voices of viruses, sc ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published August 24th 2001 by MIT Press
(first published 1999)
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Always find this book really intriguing but almost impenetrable, have tried to read it cover to cover many times but always end up giving up. Maybe others will find more to love here. Still, not a bad book by any means but be warned that it can be a hard read.
A book fill of profound theories, concept describing the modernist period. This book in my opinion is a Cage-centered book, much discussion were oriented with Cage's concept, biographies , books, beliefs and statements, which then leads to the shaping of Avant-Garde music scene. This is a book full of information but rarely any insights from the author. ...more
I come back to this book from time to time whenever I get interested in sound art, but it's never as juicy as I think it should be. I don't mind dense theory, but Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts is too vague and too opaque to hold my interest for long. There are very good chapters such as "The Parameters of All Sound", which touches on inaudible Fluxus work, but others have little to do with auditory phenomena at all. Paint dripping on canvas? Language virus? I don't think so. ...more
Kahn provides an interesting examination on the use/role of sound in the arts. This book leaves much to be explored however and is quite masculine in its approach to sound. This is particularly noted when Kahn discusses the role of the scream in sound art. Screams are aggressive and are only featured in relation to masculinity or themes surrounding such. I don't critique this in a manner that suggests that women's screams have to be void of aggression but rather that for Kahn the role of the scr ...more
Douglas Kahn is Professor of Media and Innovation at the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is author or editor of several books, including Noise Water Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (1999) and, most recently, Source: Music of the Avant-Garde (2011) and Mainframe Experimentalism (2012).
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