Filed under journal | Tags: · art, art history, listening, music, music history, sound, sound art
Ear │ Wave │ Event is a web publication founded and edited by Bill Dietz and Woody Sullender. Its premiere issue contains essays “theoretically framing problems of sonic thinking and articulation (by Peter Ablinger, Amy Cimini & Woody Sullender, Sean Griffin, Jessica Feldman, G Douglas Barrett & Lindsey Lodhie) along with a battery of alternative genealogies for musical practice and thought offering ways out of what feels more and more like the dead-lock of the “sound” scene (Matt Marble, Marina Rosenfeld, Dima Strakovsky, Sean Griffin, Catherine Christer Hennix, Peter Ablinger).” (from the Introduction)Comment (0)
Lee Baxandall, Stefan Morawski (eds.): Marx & Engels on Literature and Art: A Selection of Writings (1973)
Filed under book | Tags: · aesthetics, art, art theory, capitalism, literary theory, literature
A concise compilation of texts divided into nine sections with a judicious introductory essay by Morawski.
Translations and selections by Lee Baxandall and Stefan Morawski
Introduction by Stefan Morawski
Publisher Telos Press, St. Louis/MI, 1973
via Charles, in the Unlimited Edition
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See also Margaret A. Rose’s Marx’s Lost Aesthetic: Karl Marx and the Visual Arts, 1984.Comment (0)
Filed under book | Tags: · art, biography, music, vienna
Alma Maria Mahler Gropius Werfel was a Viennese-born socialite well known in her youth for her beauty and vivacity. She was married, successively, to composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, and novelist Franz Werfel. Musically active from her teens, she was the composer of at least seventeen songs for voice and piano. In later years her salon became an important feature of the artistic scene, first in Vienna, then in Los Angeles. (from Wikipedia)
Written in collaboration with E.B. Ashton
Publisher Harcourt, Bruce and Company, New York
Commentary (Samuel Lipman, New Criterion, 1983)
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Filed under book | Tags: · colour, geometry, light, mathematics, optics, perception, physics, vision
This is the first English translation of first three out of the 7 volumes of the fundamental work on optics by the medieval Arab scientist Ibn al-Haitham or Alhazen (965–c1039). His book exerted a great influence upon science through Witelo, Roger Bacon, Peckham and Kepler. Alhazen investigated many particular cases of reflection and refraction, and drew attention to the light-ray’s property of retracing its path when reversed. He was the first to give a detailed description of the human eye and to study binocular vision. Certain ophthalmological terms originated from the Latin translation of Alhazen’s Arabic text, e.g. retina and cornea.
The Book of Optics (Kitāb al-Manāẓir, كتاب المناظر) presented experimentally founded arguments against the widely held extramission theory of vision (as held by Euclid in his Optica) and in favour of intromission theory, as supported by thinkers such as Aristotle, the now accepted model that vision takes place by light entering the eye.
Part 1 contains the translation; Part 2 an introduction, commentary, Arabic-Latin glossaries, concordance, bibliography, and indices.
Edition of the Arabic text, edited by A. I. Sabra, was published by National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, Kuwait, in 1983 (Books I-III) and 2002 (Books IV-V). Sabra’s translation of the latter has not yet been published.
Translated with Introduction and Commentary by A. I. Sabra
Publisher The Warburg Institute, University of London, London, 1989
Studies of the Warburg Institute, 40/1-2
ISBN 0854810722, 9780854810727
367 and 246 pages, 4 plates (following p. 42 in Part 2)
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Liber de aspectiibus et vocatur prospectiva (digital facsimile of Latin translation of all 7 volumes, manuscript, Ms 1393)
Opticae thesaurus (edition of the Latin translation by Friedrich Risner, 1572; Archive.org)
See also the first episode of Simon Schaeffer’s 2004 BBC documentary series Light Fantastic, “Let There Be Light”, where he discusses Alhazen and others.Comment (0)
Filed under magazine | Tags: · brazil, composing, electroacoustic music, music
A magazine launched earlier this year devoted to contemporary electroacoustic music in Brazil and worldwide. Produced by a young collective affiliated with Nova Música Eletroacústica, these two compilation issues contain selections from its weekly editions.Comment (0)