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Noise, Water, Meat : A History of Voice, Sound, and Aurality in the Arts - Douglas Kahn

Noise, Water, Meat

A History of Voice, Sound, and Aurality in the Arts

Paperback Published: 15th October 2001
ISBN: 9780262611725
Number Of Pages: 466
For Ages: 18+ years old

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'The dual task here is to listen through history to sound and through sound to history.' 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, screams, and bestial cries. Focusing on Europe in the first half of the century and the United States in the postwar years, Douglas Kahn explores aural activities in literature, music, visual arts, theater, and film. Placing aurality at the center of the history of the arts, he revisits key artistic questions, listening to the sounds that drown out the politics and poetics that generated them. Artists discussed include Antonin Artaud, George Brecht, William Burroughs, John Cage, Sergei Eisenstein, Fluxus, Allan Kaprow, Michael McClure, Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock, Luigi Russolo, and Dziga Vertov. CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction Listening through History* Prelude: Modernism* Explanations and Qualifications Part I: Significant Noises 1 Immersed in Noise Sentient Sound* Interpolation of Noise* Protean Noise* Oscillator Noise 2 Noises of the Avant-Garde Bruitism* Noise and Simultaneity * The Future of War Noises Part II: Drawing the Line: Music, Noise, and Phonography 3 Concerning the Line Resident Noises * The Gloss of the Gliss * Beethoven at Fifty Times per Second* 'I, the Accelerated Line' 4 The Sound of Music Demarcated Sounds * Drawing the Line in Theory * Synesthesia as Noise Abatement 5 Ubiquitous Recording The Rotary Revolution * Russian Revolutionary Film Part III: The Impossible Inaudible 6 John Cage: Silence and Silencing Much to Confess about Nothing * Canned Silence* Silencing Techniques * Cage and the Impossible Inaudible 7 Nondissipative Sounds and the Impossible Inaudible Inaudibly Loud, Long-Lasting, Far-Reaching * Machines of Nondissipation 8 The Parameters of All Sound Loud Sounds * Conceptual Sounds Part IV: Water Flows and Flux 9 A Short Art History of Water Sound Water Music * Dripping * Surrealism and Submerged Women 10 In the Wake of Dripping: New York at Midcentury The Object of Performance * Allan Kaprow * Immersed Noisicism * George Brecht's Drip Music Part V: Meat Voices 11 Two Sounds of the Virus: William Burrough's Pure Meat Method A Culture of Growing Viruses* Schlupping * On Goo Behavior * The Cancer Virus * Cellular Phones 12 Cruelty and the Beast: Antonin Artaud and Michael McClure Artaud in America * Musical Artauds: Tudor and Cage * Beats Language * Beast Language * Affected and Afflicted Screaming * Seraphic Screams and the Tortuous Blast Notes Index

"Kahn's research is impressive, and his presentation is thorough and precise." - Carol J. Binkowski, Library Journal; "...a unique and important contribution to this emerging, exciting field. It is overflowing with ideas, references, and conjecture." - John Levack Drever, The Art Book

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. 2
Listening through History;
Prelude: Modernism
Explanations and Qualifications
Significant Noisesp. 20
Immersed in Noisep. 25
Sentient Sound
Interpolation of Noise
Protean Noise
Oscillator Noise
Noises of the Avant-Gardep. 45
Bruitism
Noise and Simultaneity
The Future of War Noises
Drawing the Line: Music, Noise, and Phonographyp. 68
Concerning the Linep. 72
Resident Noises
The Gloss of the Gliss
Beethoven at Fifty Times per Second
"I, the Accelerated Line"
The Sound of Musicp. 101
Demarcated Sounds
Drawing the Line in Theory
Synesthesia as Noise Abatement
Ubiquitous Recordingp. 123
The Rotary Revolution
Russian Revolutionary Film
The Impossible Inaudiblep. 158
John Cage: Silence and Silencingp. 161
Much to Confess about Nothing
Canned Silence
Silencing Techniques
Cage and the Impossible Inaudible
Nondissipative Sounds and the Impossible Inaudiblep. 200
Inaudibly Loud, Long-Lasting, Far-Reaching
Machines of Nondissipation
The Parameters of All Soundp. 224
Loud Sounds
Conceptual Sounds
Water Flows and Fluxp. 242
A Short Art History of Water Soundp. 245
Water Music
Dripping
Surrealism and Submerged Women
In the Wake of Dripping: New York at Midcenturyp. 260
The Object of Performance
Allan Kaprow: Immersed Noisician
George Brecht's Drip Music
Meat Voicesp. 290
Two Sounds of the Virus: William Burroughs's Pure Meat Methodp. 293
A Culture for Growing Viruses
Schlupping
On Goo Behavior
The Cancer Virus
Cellular Phones
Cruelty and the Beast: Antonin Artaud and Michael McClurep. 322
Artaud in America
Musical Artauds: Tudor and Cage
Beats Language
Beast Language
Affected and Afflicted Screaming
Seraphic Screams and the Tortuous Blast
Notesp. 360
Indexp. 446
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ISBN: 9780262611725
ISBN-10: 0262611724
Series: Noise, Water, Meat
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 466
Published: 15th October 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 17.7  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.73