Ocean of Sound

Ocean of Sound : Aether Talk, Ambient Sound and Imaginary Worlds

By (author) David Toop


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Sun Ra, Brian Eno, Lee Perry, Kate Bush, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Brian Wilson are interviewed in this extraordinary work of sonic history that travels from the rainforests of amazonas to virtual Las Vegas, from David Lynch's dream house, high in the Hollywood hills to the megalopolis of Tokyo. "Ocean of Sound" begins in 1889 at the Paris Exposition when Debussy first heard Javanese music performed. It goes on to comprehensively map a whole century of ambient music and its legacy.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • 01 Jun 2001
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London
  • English
  • 5th ed.
  • 1852427434
  • 9781852427436
  • 57,424

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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.

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Puts Toop up there with Eno as a theorist of ambient music Wired It is the capacity of sound to thrill the senses that comes across most clearly in these pages Independent on Sunday

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