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- DescriptionThis is a major new work from one of the world's most erudite, intellectual, and influential thinkers and writers about sound and music. Sinister Resonance begins with the premise that sound is a haunting, a ghost, a presence whose location is ambiguous and whose existence is transitory. The intangibility of sound is uncanny - a phemenal presence in the head, at its point of source and all around. The close listener is like a medium who draws out substance from that which is t entirely there. The history of listening must be constructed from the narratives of myth and fiction, 'silent' arts such as painting, the resonance of architecture, auditory artefacts and nature. In such contexts, sound often functions as a metaphor for mystical revelation, forbidden desires, formlessness, the unkwn, and the unconscious. As if reading a map of hitherto unexplored territory, Sinister Resonance deciphers sounds and silences buried within the ghostly horrors of Arthur Machen, Shirley Jackson, Charles Dickens, M.R. James and Edgar Allen Poe, Dutch genre painting from Rembrandt to Vermeer, artists as diverse as Francis Bacon and Juan Muz, and the writing of many modernist authors including Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, and James Joyce.
- Author BiographyDavid Toop is a musician, writer, and sound curator. His acclaimed books include Rap Attack, Ocean of Sound, Exotica, and Haunted Weather. His writing has also appeared in The Wire, Bookforum, and the New York Times. He lives in London.
- Author(s)David Toop
- PublisherContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication24/11/2011
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
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