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

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

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
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  • Category: Theory of music & musicology
  • ISBN: 9781852427436



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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 can create a kind of desert space, as the immanent is reduced to a sameness of value. Bland? Maybe, but the potential for new styles is, at this very moment, quite tremendous. A scary, but exciting book.

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