Ocean of Sound

Ocean of Sound : Ambient sound and radical listening in the age of communication

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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. It 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. An ethereal culture developed in response to the intangibility of 20th century communications.

Author of Rap Attack 3 and Exotica, David Toop has in Ocean of Sound written an exhilarating, path-breaking account of ambient sound.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1852427434
  • 9781852427436
  • 40,426

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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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About David Toop

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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