Douglas Kahn: Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (1999)

13 February 2009, dusan

“This interdisciplinary history and theory of sound in the arts reads the twentieth century by listening to it–to the emphatic and exceptional sounds of modernism and those on the cusp of postmodernism, recorded sound, noise, silence, the fluid sounds of immersion and dripping, and the meat voices of viruses, screams, and bestial cries. Focusing on Europe in the first half of the century and the United States in the postwar years, Douglas Kahn explores aural activities in literature, music, visual arts, theater, and film. Placing aurality at the center of the history of the arts, he revisits key artistic questions, listening to the sounds that drown out the politics and poetics that generated them. Artists discussed include Antonin Artaud, George Brecht, William Burroughs, John Cage, Sergei Eisenstein, Fluxus, Allan Kaprow, Michael McClure, Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock, Luigi Russolo, and Dziga Vertov.”

Published by MIT Press, 1999
ISBN 0262112434, 9780262112437
455 pages

Reviews: Yvonne Spielmann (Leonardo, 2001), James William Sobaskie (Computer Music Journal, 2001), Allison Hunter (ebr, 2001), John Potts (Screening the Past, 2002), Publishers Weekly (1999).


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9 Responses to “Douglas Kahn: Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (1999)”

  1. ae on September 15, 2010 3:27 pm

    Would it be possible to reupload this gem?

    Love your site, great selection!

  2. monoskop on September 15, 2010 10:06 pm

    thank you. link is fixed!

  3. ae on September 16, 2010 1:03 am

    Thank you as well!

  4. Jouse on August 3, 2012 1:04 am

    Hi, it could be posible reupload this book?

    Greats books

  5. dusan on August 3, 2012 7:05 am

    Hey Jouse, the link is fixed.

  6. Jouse on August 3, 2012 8:03 pm

    thank so much :)

  7. chris_c on November 10, 2012 7:51 pm

    thanks – great choices!

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