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

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Serpent's Tail, 2001 - Music - 306 pages
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Sun Ra, Brian Eno, Lee Perry, Kate Bush, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Brian Wilson are interviewed in this extraordinary work of sonic history. It travels from the rainforests of Amazonas to virtual Las Vegas; from David Lynch's dream house high in the Hollywood Hills to the megalopolis of Tokyo.Ocean of Sound begins in 1889 at the Paris exposition when Debussy first heard Javanese music performed. An ethereal culture developed in response to the intangibility of 20th century communications.Author of Rap Attack 3 and Exotica, David Toop has in Ocean of Sound written an exhilarating, path-breaking account of ambient sound.

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User Review  - chriszodrow - LibraryThing

Toop writes like the music he loves; ethereal, synthetic, atmospheric, even poetic. Toop embraces the multiplicity as the new one-ness, but the result is a lack of signposts. This lack of verticality ... Read full review

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User Review  - chriszodrow - LibraryThing

Toop writes like the music he loves; ethereal, synthetic, atmospheric, even poetic. Toop embraces the multiplicity as the new one-ness, but the result is a lack of signposts. This lack of verticality ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

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, Village Voice, The Times and The Face.

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