Haunted Weather: Music, Silence, and Memory

Haunted Weather: Music, Silence, and Memory

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By (author) David Toop

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  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 192mm x 22mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1852427892
  • ISBN 13: 9781852427894
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 273,205

Product description

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.

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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.

Review quote

?Haunted Weather is not just a deeply thoughtful and richly populated survey of modern experimental music, it?s a meditation on hearing itself? Guardian ?[Toop] has somehow managed to make the world of experimental music not just understandable but alluring for even the most virginal listener? this book is almost perfect? Independent on Sunday ?One of Britain?s most celebrated writers on music? New Statesman ?A joy to read, whatever your musical taste? Buzz ?With Toop?s enthusiasm and accessible style, the world of the avant-garde needn?t seem like a closed club: Haunted Weather offers the perfect port of entry for the uninitiated? Record Collector