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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I was making a point about the immersive quality of 20th century musical experiences. I have an abiding nostalgic fondness for that 90s cyberpunk aestheticand Ocean of Sound is a hell of a lot less embarassing than that movie Hackers.

It’s sort of like a William Gibson novel, a constant stream of semi-bewildering cross-cultural syncretic references, in a fascinating poetic style. Feb 22, Adam Patterson rated it really liked it.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Landscape is another – a conjured place through which the music moves and in which the listener can wander.

Ocean of Sound

This page was last edited on 25 Octoberat Ideally it would be accompanied by a compliation cd so that you could actually hear some of what he’s writing about. This is one metaphor. But the real problem is that heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter. It’s one of the best books about music I’ve ever read. 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.

Dzvid wish I had read this when it was first published. Nov 14, Tosh rated it it was amazing. He d Ocean of Sound was written by David Toop, a British music-thinker, who has a history within the British free improvised scene of the 70’s.

So he made I found this pretty frustrating.

I blame William Gibson for making Steely Dan sound interesting too. Jun 21, Colin Masso rated it it was amazing. Dense with media references, this is best read at a daydream’s pace, with a highlighter or.

Ocean of Sound, by David Toop

Jun 06, Savvas Katseas rated it it was amazing Shelves: To hear nothing, you have to be dead. It’s meandering and inconclusive. Similarly, he wanders off topic too often in order to discuss things which he himself finds interesting but which have only the most tenuous of relationships to the ostensible subject matter. We can notify you when this item is back in stock.

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.

It was the wrong choice of words. I can’t imagine having a music library books and not having this and Toop’s other sohnd “Exotica” part of the collection.

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

James st I listen to a lot of boring music. The parts about then-contemporary rave and ambient culture, all rainbow-clothed kids taking ecstasy and talking about digital psychedelic shamanism, tend to be the most dated bits; but then, it’s now an intriguing time capsule, and they do say that the 90s are coming back. More or less about “ambient” music, but really about all sorts of interesting music that treats sound spatially.

Retrieved 12 January One of the best books on music I have read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Less a survey of ambient music at the turn of the millennium than a drifting across its synchronic plane, through regions of anthropology, travelogue, surrealism, vavid, poetry, visual art, popular culture, reverie — it is to sound as Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space is to place.

I find his writing on point using a personal sphere of examples and drawn connections. An ethnographic patchwork of environmental sound. Jan 23, Bret rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

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.

Lots of jumping around and connecting seemingly disparate pieces of 20th century music into, well, like a kind of a large body of salt-water, except with, like, sound instead of starfish. This book helped me understand why.

The two-disc, cross-licensed ” various artists ” compilation contains 32 tracks culled from a variety of musical sources, including dubexoticafree jazzand field recordings. I suddenly had this idea. David Toop is one of the better ‘music’ writers out there right now.

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A book like this leaves you wanting more, but that’s probably the whole idea I found this pretty frustrating. Return to Book Page.

You don’t need to “know” anything about music to enjoy this one. May 13, D. And that’s only the music of the West. May 05, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Jan 13, Wim rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Credits for Ocean of Sound are adapted from AllMusic. I listen to a lot of boring music.