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

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Serpent's Tail, 1995 - Music - 306 pages
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"Ocean of Sound" begins in 1889 at the Paris Exposition when Debussy first heard Javanese music performed. A culture absorbed in perfume, light and ambient sound developed in response to the intangibility of 20th century communications. David Toop traces the evolution of this culture, through Erik Satie to the Velvet Undergound; Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix. David Toop, who lives in London, is a writer, musician and recording artist. His other books are "Rap Attack 3 "and "Exotica,"

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

User Review  - Jindřich Mynarz - Goodreads

- "You have to accept what's there. To hear nothing, you have to be dead." This book is stuck halfway between art and research report, which is a difficult position be in. The author mixes mood ... Read full review

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User Review  - Phil Overeem - Goodreads

It reads like the music Toop focuses on listens. And I like that. I will read more of his work, the ultimate positive review. Read full review

Contents

memory
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if you find earth boring
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aether talk
33
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

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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