9781409441564

Loading the Silence: Australian Sound Art in the Post-Digital Age

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  • ISBN13:

    9781409441564

  • ISBN10:

    1409441563

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-03-22
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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Summary

The experimentalist phenomenon of 'noise' as constituting 'art' in much twentieth-century music, (paradoxically) reached its zenith in Cage's 4'33". But much of the post-1970s musical endeavour with an experimentalist telos, collectively known as 'sound art', has displayed a postmodern need to 'load' modernism's 'degree zero'. After contextualizing experimentalism from its inception in the early twentieth century, Linda Kouvaras explores the ways in which selected sound art works demonstrate creatively how sound is embedded within local, national, gendered and historical environments. Taking Australian music as its primary - but not sole - focus, the book not only covers discussions of technological advancement, but also engages with aesthetic standpoints, through interviews, theoretical developments, analysis and cultural milieux for a contemporary Australian, and wider postmodern, context. Developing new methodologies for synergies between musicology and cultural studies, the book uncovers a new post-postmodern aesthetic trajectory, which Kouvaras locates as developing over the past two decades - the altermodern. Australian sound art is here put firmly on the map of international debates about contemporary music, providing a standard reference and valuable resource for practitioners in the artform, music critics, scholars and educators.

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