SOUNDWORKS: Recommended Reading

Want to know more about sound? Bruce Nauman? The days of the week?

ICA Bookshop

5 Jul 2012

Want to know more about sound? Bruce Nauman? The days of the week? Here's a selection from the ICA Bookshop to accompany our season on sound. We're open from Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 9pm, visit us and browse our full range of books, DVDs, magazines and zines...

Senses of Vibration
Shelley Trower

A study of the senses through the ages, Trower consults physiologists, physicists, spiritualists and poets to form a comprehensive text on the material experience of vibration.

Please Pay Attention Please
Bruce Nauman

A man of few words, despite their prominence in his works, here Nauman’s rare interviews and writings from 1965 – 2001 are compiled, providing a window on the artist’s industry.

Seven Day Circle: The History and Meaning of the Week
Eviatar Zerubavel

Days, months, and years were given to us by nature, but we invented the week for ourselves (Monday needn’t exist at all). Garfield the cat, Charlotte Bronte and Johnny Carson fans are all used to great effect in this study of Thursday to Wednesday.

Acoustic Territories
Brandon Labelle

Labelle reflects on contemporary society through listening and the medium of sound. The politics of noise are explored from buskers on the underground through to planes at high altitudes.

Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art
Salome Voeglin

A study on the field of sound art encompassing historical composers and contemporary artists such as Fontana and Merzbow. Voeglin offers a new perspective on the area through the ideas of Adorno, Merleau-Ponty and others.

Pink Noises
Tara Rodgers

A development from Pinknoises.com, founded by Tara Rodgers in 2000 to promote women in electronic music, Pink Noises puts forward 24 interviews with women working in sound cultures.

Sinister Resonance
David Toop

Ancient Siren's songs mix with Leopold Bloom's ciderous arse farts, Samuel Beckett’s footsteps and a silvery musical laughter (from vampires) as we rumble through this book of noise-joy.

Rorschach Audio
Joe Banks

Part detective story, part artistic and cultural critique, Rorschach Audio lifts the lid on a sparkling array of perceptual and political phenomena. Crucial for everyone interested in audio art, cocktail parties, compost, lip-reading jokes, singing hair, Victorian blood painting and of course, fires.

The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want
Garrett Keizer

The tranquil sounds of nature have been swapped with the classic moron’s ipod, omnipresent engines and your neighbour’s industrial machinery themed party. This witty, informative social history links noise, technology and the drill of politics.

Jean-Luc Nancy

In this lyrical meditation on listening, Jean-Luc Nancy examines sound in relation to the human body. How is listening different from hearing? What does listening entail? How does what is heard differ from what is seen?

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

An intimate look at the contemporary composer Philip Glass over the eighteen months before his 70th birthday in 2007. Filmmaker Scott Hicks weaves a multi-facted portrait of the man as we hear from his family life, creative process, spiritual teachers and collaborators - and on occasion Glass himself at work and play.

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