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Haunted Weather by David Toop
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it was amazing
Recommended for: anybody interested in ambient or experimental music

Dipping again into this fantastic book about music and sound, and how they are affected by the body and the environment. If that makes it sound dry, it's not: Toop has a beautiful, slightly eerily deadpan prose style, and an extraordinarily wide range of reference. He's been a music journalist and musician for decades, and has also done ethnographic work collecting music and sound. Fantastically wide-ranging - covers everything from the emotional charge of sound memories, to how places shape sound (looking at objects like Japanese garden noise-makers which use irregular water drops).

There's also an interesting bit about how mechanisation and the industrialisation of the city led to a whole new industry devoted to suppressing sound: he has a wonderful list of Edwardian products which emerged from this industry, of which my favourite is 'Tomb' Brand Deadening Felt.
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January 1, 2006 – Finished Reading
April 27, 2007 – Shelved

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