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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Ocean of Sound : Ambient sound and radical listening in the age of communication

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. The Toop reader comes away informed, and the mind buzzing for more.

Looking for beautiful books? One of my favourite passages describes an experiment Eno conducted: More or less about “ambient” music, but really about all sorts of interesting music that treats sound spatially.

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. ocesn

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Archived from the original on 12 January Jan 23, Bret rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fuck what yo mama say — music exists to blow minds. The album later went out of print.

Albums of the ’90s. I tried learn it, exactly as one would a piece of music: InDavid Toop published his second book, Ocean of Sound: Feb 22, Adam Patterson rated it really liked it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

As an insightful listener and enjoyer of music he knows how to articulate his seemingly spontaneous and non-conclusive findings with the reader very well. It’s one of the best books about music I’ve ever read. Hippie but not hokey. 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.


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. So Impressionistic yet futuristic and otherworldly. It’s a meditation on why people make music, what music is tooo, and what it does to us, delivered during a journey that takes us ocezn the reverberant Fort Worden Cistern in Port Townsend to the upper reaches of the Amazonas.

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Ocean of Sound

The two-disc, cross-licensed ” various artists ” compilation contains 32 tracks culled from a variety of musical sources, including dubexoticafree jazzand field recordings. About David Toop David Toop is a highly regarded author, music critic and musician. I usually have to have a notebook close by so that I can write down music that I need to check out or revisit. This is the second time I’ve read this book, and it is even better with several years of exploring music since the first time.

Fuck what yo mama say — “The magician is assisted by a boy, to whom in the dark he speaks at a distance through a tube formed of the windpipes of cranes, storks, or swans Bilinda ButcherKevin Shields. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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It’s sort of like a William Gibson novel, a constant stream of semi-bewildering cross-cultural syncretic references, in a fascinating poetic style. Jun 06, Savvas Katseas rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are some good quotes from Brian Eno and Richard James, and interesting tidbits here and there about acoustics and musicological theory, but it’s all too diffuse, woolly and rambling. It’s a safe bet there’s no one on Earth with bigger ears than David Toop. Maybe that’s my fault or the fault of the back cover blurb writerbut I can’t really see the relevance of the extended chapter describing in tedious detail the author’s journey into the amazon rainforest.

David Toop is one of the better ‘music’ writers oxean there right now. My impression is he free-associated and free-wheeled through a whole roster of ideas and ssound, possible and impossible realms of music as a phenomenon, and linked them to general cultural trends of previous and tangibly close eras.


Since I did it, I started to think it was quite a good exercice that I would recommend to other people. Appropriately enough, it’s a great ocaen for browsing around in, which is what I did with it for all these years until just recently I decided to read it all the way through at last. May 05, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: Whenever I was sitting there working, I would have this thing on.

I started listening to this thing, over and over. There are some weaknesses here and there. I learned I need to re-read it, with an eye for taking notes. If only there was a little less David Toop wrapped up up in it all. To demonstrate the volume of references: James st I listen to a lot of boring music. For me it’s usually the stuff that Rolling Stone used to call “electronica” that lets me down; for you it might be Debussy or Lee “Scratch” Perry, but it’s sort of inevitable one way or another.

Lots ocsan 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. Lying in a hammock listening to Amazonian frog concerts. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So he made a few recordings of insect sounds and local tribes chanting Algunos de ellos me parecieron lo suficientemente interesantes para justificar una experiencia de lectura irregular.

Since he has released three solo albums, curated five compilation albums including the soundtrack to Ocean of Soundand the sound and music exhibition at the Hayward Gallery: