Alan Licht: Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories (2007)

10 September 2012, dusan

“Over the past century, an art form has emerged that draws from the worlds of visual art and music. Sound art’s roots can be found in the experimental work of Italian Futurism, Dada, and later the Fluxus group and the pioneering efforts of the American composer and artist John Cage. In the wake of this groundbreaking work, sound art began to mature into a movement, and artists explored the interactive possibilities of sound and in turn created entirely new modes of experiencing and engaging with art. In this volume, the complete story of sound art is told by one of the country’s leading critics and scholars. The author traces the history of this form of art–highlighting the convergence of the indie world bands such as Sonic Youth with the art world–looking at the critical cross-pollination that has led to some of the most important and challenging art being produced today, including work by Christian Marclay, LaMonte Young, Janet Cardiff, Rodney Graham, and Laurie Anderson, among many others.”

Foreword by Jim O’Rourke
Publisher Rizzoli, New York, 2007
ISBN 0847829693, 9780847829699
304 pages

Review: Kenneth Goldsmith (Postmodern Culture, 2008).


PDF (removed on 2012-9-29 upon request of the author)

4 Responses to “Alan Licht: Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories (2007)”

  1. Alan Licht on September 28, 2012 3:11 pm

    I am the author of this book. You do not have my permission to make my work available as a download, and I would like you to remove it from your site.

  2. paulo on May 26, 2013 7:08 pm

    isn’t the book about the work of others other then your own?

  3. M on March 26, 2018 2:09 am

    Big up monoskop, how could the author didn’t understand Cage’s point?

  4. M on March 26, 2018 2:39 am

    Clearer: How did the author not have understood Cage’s point? He must have understood but not agreed. We’ll provably never know. But Cage or not Cage, we do not agree with copyright at all!

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