Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in Theory and Practice by Brian Kane

By Brian Kane

Sound coming from open air the sphere of imaginative and prescient, from someplace past, holds a privileged position within the Western mind's eye. while separated from their resource, sounds appear to take place transcendent geographical regions, divine powers, or supernatural forces. in line with legend, the thinker Pythagoras lectured to his disciples from in the back of a veil, and thousand years later, within the age of absolute tune, listeners have been equally desirous about disembodied sounds, making use of a number of suggestions to isolate sounds from their resources. With recording and radio got here spatial and temporal separation of sounds from assets, and new methods of composing music.

Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in thought and perform explores the phenomenon of acousmatic sound. An strange and missed notice, "acousmatic" was once first brought into glossy parlance within the mid-1960s by means of avant garde composer of musique concrète Pierre Schaeffer to explain the event of listening to a valid with out seeing its reason. operating via, and infrequently opposed to, Schaeffer's rules, Brian Kane provides a strong argument for the imperative but neglected position of acousmatic sound in tune aesthetics, sound reports, literature, philosophy and the historical past of the senses. Kane investigates acousmatic sound from a few methodological views -- old, cultural, philosophical and musical -- and gives a framework that is sensible of the various magnificent and paradoxical ways in which unseen sound has been understood. Finely certain and punctiliously researched, Sound Unseen pursues unseen sounds via a beautiful array of circumstances -- from Bayreuth to Kafka's "Burrow," Apollinaire to Žižek, tune and metaphysics to structure and automata, and from Pythagoras to the present-to supply the definitive account of acousmatic sound in idea and practice.

The first significant learn in English of Pierre Schaeffer's concept of "acousmatics," Sound Unseen is an important textual content for students of philosophy of track, digital track, sound reviews, and the historical past of the senses.

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