• Articles: Dutch cassettes, field recordings, Sonic Phantoms excerpt

    From Jason Gross@21:1/5 to All on Wed Mar 31 17:10:28 2021

    In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever <http://www.furious.com/perfect/index0421.html>, you'll find (among other things):

    '80's indie history/hatred by Frans de Waard
    "Author Frans de Waard recently collected four volumes of his 'Dutch Cassette Catalog,' chronicling his research into this fascinating indie cassette culture from 1983 to 1987. The new book includes not only his extensive listings but also flyers (which
    are both historic and beautifully designed), articles and even (as you'll see here) some hate mail."

    Via composers & highway rest stops by Daniel Barbiero
    "Listening to a field recording of a place like an airport or highway rest stop reminds us that it's very difficult to identify a place on the basis of its sounds alone. The languages in which some of these conversations, announcements, and other verbal
    transactions are conducted may provide some clue as to their whereabouts but, particularly at those crossroads of international travel or trade, this will not necessarily produce a positive identification."

    Book excerpt- repetition in the (arty) music by Barbara Ellison and Thomas Bey William Bailey
    "In our new book, Sonic Phantoms, we aim at uniquely advancing the literature on sonic experimentation dealing with the sublime act of "listening to listening." From at least the mid-point of the twentieth century, there has been a well-documented
    interest in reconfiguring the listener as a sound producer or creator, and our work -- affirmed by a number of neuro-scientific discoveries -- similarly springs from the rejection of listening as a purely passive exercise. We submit that one of the key
    realizations provided upon rejecting the "passive" nature of audio experience is the degree to which we, as humans, ascribe meaning to the apparently meaningless. "

    We're always looking for good writers and/or ideas so let us know if you have anything to share.

    See you online,

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