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Haunted weather : resonant spaces, silence and memory
Toop, David.
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Publication Information:
London : Serpent's Tail, [2004]

Physical Description:
279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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ML197 .T663 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Digital technology has changed the ways in which music is perceived, stored, distributed, mediated and created. The world of music is now a vast and complex jungle, teeming with CDs, MP3s, concerts, clubs, festivals, conferences, exhibitions, installations, websites, software programmes, scenes, ideas and competing theories. In the eye of the storm stands David Toop, shedding light on the most interesting music now being made ? on laptops, in downtown bars in Tokyo, wherever he finds it. Haunted Weather is part personal memoir and part travel journal, as well as an intensive survey of recent developments in digital technology, sonic theory and musical practice. Along the way Toop probes into the meaning of sound (and silence), offering fascinating insights into how computers can be used for improvisation. His wealth of musical knowledge provides inspiration for anyone interested in music.

Author Notes

David Toop is a highly regarded author, music critic and musician. Since 1995 he has released three solo albums, curated five compilation albums (including the soundtrack to Ocean of Sound), and the sound and music exhibition at the Hayward Gallery - 'Sonic Boom'. His music journalism appears in The Wire, Book Forum, The Times and The Face.

Table of Contents

Introduction: beginning with a slight breezep. 1
Spatial interludep. 6
1 What is happening to music?p. 7
2 Space and memoryp. 40
3 Moving through soundp. 110
4 Sampling the worldp. 151
5 Growth and complexityp. 177
6 To playp. 202
7 Machines and bodiesp. 217
8 Silent music, secret noisep. 245
9 Epilogue: a book at bedtimep. 258
Afterwordp. 261
Bibliographyp. 262
Discographyp. 268
Indexp. 274