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74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Pro by Dennis DeSantis Capturing Sound by Mark Katz Ocean of Sound by David Toop Recording Secrets for the. David Toop’s extraordinary work of sonic history travels from the rainforests of Amazonas to the megalopolis of Tokyo via the work of artists as diverse as Brian . Ocean of Sound begins in at the Paris Exposition when Debussy first heard Javanese David Toop is a highly regarded author, music critic and musician.

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Trivia About Ocean of Sound: Check out the sounf books of the year on our page Best Books of I tried learn it, exactly as one would a piece of music: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom, David Toop adopts a subtly immersive approach related to the main theme, doing his best in Ocean of Sound to put his thoughts into an ideascape thro I mean it, literally, when I say I cannot imagine music writing that is better than what’s in these pages.

You can really imagine that this thing was constructed somehow: May 05, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: Don’t know, but I enjoyed reading a captiving, curious, unromantic account of music paired with the context of our sonic milieu, nature sounds, patterns in nature it’s definitely not new age, and the evolution of technology, ritual music, pop music, quests. The whole idea of background music was a red herring, a tpop — there is no such thing as background music, in the sense that so-called background music is always deployed though not always accepted as a lifestyle accessory and lifestyle is a collection of strong signifiers.

To demonstrate the volume of references: Toop ocan interviewed many of the people whose music is discussed himself, and seems like a guy I’d like to hang out with. Ocean of Sound begins in at the Paris exposition when Debussy first heard Javanese music performed. I feel like when I reread it, it will be a different book.

Ocean of Sound – David Toop – – Allen & Unwin – Australia

Some parts are more successful than others; not all meandering is of interest. It’s meandering and inconclusive. Maybe that’s my fault or the fault of the back cover blurb writerbut I can’t really see the relevance of the extended chapter describing in tedious detail the author’s journey into the amazon rainforest.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I listen to a lot of boring music.

– David Toop – Ocean Of Sound by Groove Archives | Mixcloud

Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom, David Toop adopts a subtly immersive approach related to the main theme, doing his best in Ocean of Sound to put his thoughts into an ideascape through which the narrative wanders opportunistically, gleaning and garnering the choicest concepts and anecdotes, assembling as it goes it seems something coherent yet dreamlike, not totally graspable by the conscious mind, always leaving places the reader can keep exploring — either in their imaginations, or in their libraries of recordings and record shops.

Ambient sound and radical listening in the age of communication. Most of the book is in short vignettes, but there is one extended narrative of Toop’s visit to Amazonas in Venezuela, visiting the Maquiritari and Yanomami peoples, which started to drag.

It’s a safe bet there’s no one on Earth with bigger ears than David Toop. And that’s only the music of the West. Djll I was privileged to meet, hang out and play some sets with Mr Toop this past September. Calf rated it really liked it. David Toop is one of the better ‘music’ writers out there right now.

To ask other readers questions about Ocean of Soundplease sign up. I mean it, literally, when I say I cannot imagine music writing that is better than what’s in these pages. My impression is he free-associated and free-wheeled through a whole roster of ideas and musicians, possible and impossible realms of music as a phenomenon, and linked them to general cultural trends of previous and tangibly close eras.

The fact that the book has a discography is laudable. The author ends, gloriously, by taking tea with Kate Bush. This book helped me understand why.

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

I once told a friend that it was a book about ambient music, and saw hi Even now, 15 years on, this is a book that makes toopp feel pleasantly like I’m living in the future. The two-disc, cross-licensed ” various artists ” compilation contains 32 tracks culled from a variety of musical sources, including dubexoticafree jazzand field recordings.


Feb 22, Adam Patterson rated it really liked it. It’s also painfully 90s, with instantly dated references to “cyber-culture” and “virtuality”. The sampled mixture is enjoyable at times but ends up together rather as a white noise texture than a consistent whole.

You don’t need to “know” anything about music to enjoy this one. I blame William Gibson for making Steely Dan sound interesting too. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Ocean of Sound was written by David Ofean, a British music-thinker, who has a history within the British free improvised scene of the 70’s.

It’s sort of like a William Gibson novel, a constant stream of semi-bewildering cross-cultural syncretic references, in lcean fascinating poetic style. Ambient music was still a hip concept back when the book came out, but the book is more about the concept of ambience in general, environment as art, and ranges very widely outside the marketing category of “ambient”.

I created a lot of sound-based sculptures while I was in school, so this was right up my alley. Some of the best writing on sound I have ever read.

But the real problem is that heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter. Retrieved 11 January Oceab also a composer, but alas this is a creative ‘study’ on ambiant sohnd of all sorts. InDavid Toop published his second book, Ocean of Sound: Dense with media references, topp is best read at a daydream’s pace, with a highlighter or. Ocean of Sound is a good title: The a This isn’t just a potted history of ambient music, although it covers the subject comprehensively.

For me it’s usually the stuff that Rolling Stone used to call “electronica” that lets me down; for you it might be Debussy or Lee “Scratch” Perry, but it’s sort of inevitable one way or another.

This page was last edited on 25 Octoberat Debussy hears a Balinese gamelan orchestra in Paris in Aug 22, Will rated it really liked it.


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