Experimental Sound and Radio

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Allen S. Weiss
MIT Press, 1996 - Performing Arts - 188 pages
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Art making and criticism have focused mainly on the visual media. This book, which originally appeared as a special issue of TDR/The Drama Review, explores the myriad aesthetic, cultural, and experimental possibilities of radiophony and sound art. Taking the approach that there is no single entity that constitutes "radio," but rather a multitude of radios, the essays explore various aspects of its apparatus, practice, forms, and utopias. The approaches include historical, political, popular cultural, archeological, semiotic, and feminist. Topics include the formal properties of radiophony, the disembodiment of the radiophonic voice, aesthetic implications of psychopathology, gender differences in broadcast musical voices and in narrative radio, erotic fantasy, and radio as an electronic memento mori.The book includes a new piece by Allen Weiss on the origins of sound recording.Contributors John Corbett, Tony Dove, Ren Farabet, Richard Foreman, Rev. Dwight Frizzell, Mary Louise Hill, G. X. Jupitter-Larsen, Douglas Kahn, Terri Kapsalis, Alexandra L. M. Keller, Lou Mallozzi, Jay Mandeville, Christof Migone, Joe Milutis, Kaye Mortley, Mark S. Roberts, Susan Stone, Allen S. Weiss, Gregory Whitehead, David Williams, Ellen Zweig.

 

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Contents

Radio Icons Short Circuits Deep Schisms
1
Fragments Excavated toward a Radiophonic
22
Malfunctions and Dysfunctions of an FM Exciter
42
From One Head to Another
55
Three Receivers
73
A Conversation between
89
A Feminist Revision of Radio
107
Interpolation and Interpellation
116
a performance for radio
125
Casual Workers Hallucinations and Appropriate Ghosts
135
Lingua Franca
150
Music to the nth Degree
167
More Facts on the Polywave
175
Biographies
182
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About the author (1996)

Allen S. Weiss teaches in the Departments of Performance Studies and Cinema Studies at New York University. He is the author of numerous books, including "Mirrors of Infinity: The French Formal Garden and 17th-century Metaphysics", "Feast and Folly: Cuisine, Intoxication, and the Poetics of the Sublime", and "Varieties of Audio Mimesis: Musical Evocations of Landscape".

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