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Wireless Imagination : Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde - Douglas Kahn

Wireless Imagination

Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde

By: Douglas Kahn (Editor), Gregory Whitehead (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th July 1994
ISBN: 9780262611046
Number Of Pages: 468
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"Wireless Imagination" addresses perhaps the most conspicuous silence in contemporary theory and art criticism, the silence that surrounds the polyphonous histories of audio art. Composed of both original essays and several newly translated documents, this book provides a close audition to some of the most telling and soundful moments in the "deaf century," conceived and performed by such artists as Raymond Roussel, Antonin Artaud, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton, John Cage, Hugo Ball, Kurt Weill, and William Burroughs.

"Think of this book as a radio station with some really good shows. Think of yourself as a radio." Joshua Clover, San Francisco Review of Books "Wireless Imagination is a beautifully produced collection of essays on the interplay between art, noise, experimental music, and technology... An enlightening exploration of a little-known area of art history." Gareth Branwyn, Wired

Introduction: Histories of Sound Once Removedp. 1
The Phonograph's Horned Mouthp. 31
The Lamentations of Edison, From L'Eve Future (1886)p. 63
Death in Light of the Phonograph: Raymond Roussel's Locus Solusp. 69
Marcel Duchamp's Gap Music: Operations in the Space Between Art and Noisep. 105
Banging on the Windowpane: Sound in Early Surrealismp. 139
Give Me the Anathema, Lascivious Thing (1915)p. 191
Songs From the Museum of the Future: Russian Sound Creation (1910-1930)p. 197
The Symphony of Sirens (1923)p. 245
Out of the Dark: Notes on the Nobodies of Radio Artp. 253
La Radia (1933)p. 265
Radio, Death, and the Devil: Artaud's Pour En Finir Avec Le Jugement De Dieup. 269
To have Done with the Judgment of God (1947)p. 309
Soundplay: The Polyphonous Tradition of German Radio Artp. 331
The Ear that Would Hear Sounds in Themselves: John Cage 1935-1965p. 373
Sound Identity Fading Out: William Burroughs' Tape Experimentsp. 409
Notes on Contributorsp. 439
Indexp. 441
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ISBN: 9780262611046
ISBN-10: 026261104X
Series: Wireless Imagination
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 25th July 1994
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Type: New edition