Tacet #04: The sounds of Utopia

Tacet #04: The sounds of Utopia
Library Shelf Location 33.SALA
Publication Date 2016
The sound arts and experimental music annual review's 4th issue, on the theme of utopias.
Utopia belongs to those concepts that haunt both the history of ideas and the history of artistic practice. In this fourth issue,Tacetsets off to listen to the sounds of utopia emerging from sound art and experimental music, but also from sound design and our everyday use of sound technology. Mixing science-fiction short stories, theoretical analysis and artists' writings, this issue addresses utopian and dystopian futures of our sound cultures, the experience of other places at work in the schizophonic listening of recording, social and aesthetic implications of the formal principle of closure that characterizes utopia, the critical positions of some experimental musicians in their relationships to the soundscape and musical cultures, and furthermore the role of technology in the imagination of sounds of utopia.

Issue edited by Matthieu Saladin, with texts by Cornelius Cardew, J. G. Ballard, François J. Bonnet, pali meursault, Em'kal Eyongakpa & Amal Alhaag, Scott Gleason, Andy McGraw, Henry Flynt, Christophe Levaux, Francis Heery, Jonathan Sterne, Filipe Barros Beltrao & Andrew Gray, Pascal Broccolichi, Thibault Walter, Anne Zeitz, Loïc Bertrand, Luc Ferrari, Xavier Hug, G Douglas Barrett.
Tacet is a new research publication dedicated to sound arts and experimental music. Published annually and bilingually (French, English), its ambition is to create an interdisciplinary and international space of reflection for this practices, in all its aesthetic diversity.

Tacet, as John Cage showed so well in 4'33'', designates a moment of silence observed by an instrumentalist during the whole period of a movement. By extension, it becomes, as the title of this publication, a moment of introspection, of reflectivity and reflection, where music interrupts itself to give way to research and theoretical questioning.

aims, in this way, on the side of sound arts and experimental music, to contribute to the renewal of theoretical research by confronting and intersecting artists and musicians' speeches, studies coming from aesthetics and philosophy of art, from the critical renewal of musicology, from cultural studies and gender studies, from political thought, from social sciences and geography.

Tacet is part of the Ohcetecho series, dedicated to sound arts and experimental music, published by Les presses du réel (editorial board: Matthieu Saladin and Yvan Etienne).
table of contents
Matthieu Saladin, Listening to Utopia Is Straining Toward an Impossible Ear


Cornelius Cardew, The Story of Agatha
J. G. Ballard, The Sound-Sweep

Schizophony and Non-Place
François J. Bonnet, The Acousmatic Non-Place
pali meursault, Field recordings and Shared Places
Em’kal Eyongakpa & Amal Alhaag, Where Water Is Boss Sound Must Obey

Island and Enclave
Scott Gleason, Musical Utopianism in the Princeton School, Pre- and Post-Turn
Andy McGraw, Utopian Atmospheres: An Ethnographic Account of Music in the Richmond City Jail

Critical Utopias
Henry A. Flynt, Jr., The Meaning of My Avant-Garde Hillbilly and Blues Music
Christophe Levaux, Henry Flynt and the Reinvention of Cultural Roots
Francis Heery, Sound Plasma: Horatio Radulescu’s Oto-utopia

Jonathan Sterne, From the Voices of the Dead to Algorithmic Golems: Utopias and Distopias in Sound Technology
Filipe Barros Beltrão & Andrew Gray, Sonic Utopias in the Realm of Science Fiction. The Silence and Music of Gravity
Pascal Broccolichi, Lexicon


Thibault Walter, The Mobilisation and Cosmologisation of Sound in and Michael Gendreau
Anne Zeitz, Moments of (In)attention. On Suspended Temporality in the Works of Max Neuhaus
Loïc Bertrand, White Noise. The Establishment of a Musical Object
Henry A. Flynt, Jr., The World’s Musics as Languages: Phases of Cross-Cultural Analysis of Mainstream Music
Luc Ferrari, Correspondence with Pierre Schaeffer (3 Letters)


Collection Rip on/off, by Xavier Hug
Ultra-red, URXX Nos. 1–9, by G Douglas Barrett
ISBN 9782840667773
Quantity 1
Pages 560
Editor Matthieu Saladin
Format Softcover
Publisher Les Presses du Réel, Dijon
Category Audio/Sound Art/Music
Languages English, French

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