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The swellings of traffic noise outside the window sound like waves beating against the shore. A ventilator fan reveals layers of funky rhythms, like a Steve Reich composition. A domestic soundscape of fridge hum, fly buzz and fluorescent-light whine is dizzyingly complex in its shifting harmonic relationships. It is this attitude of listening that informs contemporary experimental electronic music and sound art. Anything can be a site of aesthetic interest if the listener pays attention.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Digital technology has changed the ways in which music is perceived, stored, distributed, mediated and created. The world of music is now a vast and complex jungle, teeming with CDs, MP3s, concerts, clubs, festivals, conferences, exhibitions, installations, websites, software programmes, scenes, ideas and competing theories.

In the eye of the storm stands David Toop, shedding light on the most interesting music now being made? Haunted Weather is part personal memoir and part travel journal, as well as an intensive survey of recent developments in digital technology, sonic theory and musical practice.

Along the way Toop probes into the meaning of sound and silence , offering fascinating insights into how computers can be used for improvisation. His wealth of musical knowledge provides inspiration for anyone interested in music. Read more Read less. Amazon International Store International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions.

Manufacturer warranty may not apply. Learn more about Amazon International Store. Haunted Weather is not just a deeply thoughtful and richly populated survey of modern experimental music, it? Independent on Sunday? One of Britain? New Statesman? A joy to read, whatever your musical taste? With Toop? Record Collector. David Toop is a highly regarded author, music critic and musician.

Since 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'.

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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Rather than argue a thesis, Toop's style is the chase down a thread of meaning via the points at which various thoughts and anecdotes cross over. This perfectly suits the nature of his subject matter- the vast, largely uncharted terrain of non-genre-based music, for which a dominant narrative and vocabulary do not yet exist as with, say, rock 'n roll or classical.

The book meditates on, among other things, the boundary between performer and audience, environmental sound and music, improviser and composer, and the role of digital technology in mediating or enhancing these distinctions.

As a journeyman music writer, critic and musician, Toop has spent a lot of his time travelling. This seems to inform his writing style as he is constantly in motion, moving quickly between personal recollections, excerpts from correspondence with diverse musicians, and lengthy quotes from various topically obscure yet philosophically related texts.

These non- random stop-overs make the book a slow read, as the reader is left to do a lot of the piecing together. Yet this is part of the pleasure to be found in Toop's writing- like a brilliant but challenging piece of music, the book offers an experience in which the mind of the reader is engaged as more than just a passive receptor of received ideas and emotion. Beautiful, challenging and nourishing. I read this upon its UK release in July and still find myself dwelling upon some of the ideas raised.

Reading it challenged me to use my ears afresh, and to think about what music can be. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.

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Haunted Weather: Music, Silence, and Memory

This two-CD compilation album came out in conjunction with David Toop 's book of the same title. Compiled by Toop , it is designed as a companion to or "audio version of" his book his choice of words. But since it is sold separately, this review will focus on the album as a stand-alone artifact. The title is a metaphor for a period of uncertainty and profound change. Toop links it to the development of computer technology in music-making both in the act of making music and the performance of music and furthermore to a certain awareness of silence and history. All these elements have been factored in his selection, and a wide selection it is. The two CDs contain a total of 33 tracks a third of them are extracts from longer pieces , most of them from the late '90s or early s.

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