Exotica: Fabricated Soundscapes in a Real World

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Serpent's Tail, 1999 - Education - 271 pages
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Merging anecdote and biography, autobiography and interviews, fact and fiction and a characteristically eclectic selection of music, David Toop spirals us through the 20th century?s guilty fascination with exotica. Notions of the exotic have long inspired musicians across the musical spectrum, from classical to ?easy listening? to rap - from Stravinsky to the Boo-Yah T.R.I.B.E. Exotica takes a look at some of the world?s most witty, experimental and adventurous sound recordings while taking in the work of Les Baxter, the meaning of Carmen Miranda, leopard skin leotards, pink fluffy cubicles, elevator music, and more... Painstakingly researched and brilliantly insightful, Exotica includes interviews with Burt Bacharach, Ornette Coleman, Bill Laswell, YMO?s Haroumi Hosono, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and The Boo-Yah Tribe.

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User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

I learned a lot about many things I knew only a little about before. I actually enjoyed this more than Ocean of Sound, if only because it dealt with genres and movements I had a bit less familiarity with. Not sure about the fiction, however. Read full review

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A shortwave radio of a book. Read full review


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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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