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Week 9

Listening and Sound



John Cage, Silence [extracts provided in seminar]

John Cage, 'The East in the West', Asian Music, 1.1 (1968-69) 

John Cage, Music of Changes (1951) [listen online]

John Cage, 4'33 ['listen' online] 

Cage Against the Machine [listen online] [read a description of the motivations behind this version here]

Zadie Smith, ‘Some Notes on Attunement: A voyage around Joni Mitchell’, The New Yorker, December 10, 2012 [access online]

Florence McLandburgh, ‘The Automaton Ear’, The Automaton Ear and Other Sketches (1876), pp. 7-43; [read online]

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 'The Aeolian Harp' [read online]

Massimo Croce and Tessa Lochner, Sein und Zeit (2009) [trans. Being and Time]: [listen online here]; extracts from Heidegger to be given in class

William Forde Thompson, Manuela M. Marin and Lauren Stewart, 'Reduced sensitivity to emotional prosody in congenital amusia rekindles the musical protolanguage hypothesis', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Nov 13, 2012, 109 (46): 19027–19032 [read online]

Further reading

Didier Anzieu, ‘The Sound Image of the Self’, International Review of Psychoanalysis, 6 (1979): 23-36

Jacques Attali, Noise: An Essay on the Political Economy of Music, trans. Brian Massumi (1985)

Christoph Cox, Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (2004)

Roald Dahl, 'The Sound Machine' (1949) (PDF Document)

Mladen Dolar, A Voice and Nothing More (2006)

Paul Hegarty, Noise/Music: A History (2007)

Don Ihde, Listening and Voice: A Phenomenology of Sound (1976)

Oscar Isakower, ‘On the Exceptional Position of the Auditory Sphere’, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 20 (1939): 340-348

Adrienne Janus, 'Listening: Jean-Luc Nancy and the “Anti-Ocular” Turn in Continental Philosophy and Critical Theory',

Comparative Literature 63.2 (2011): 182-202

Douglas Kahn, Noise Water Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (1999)

Caleb Kelly, ed., Sound (London: Whitechapel Gallery; Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press ‘Documents of Contemporary Art’, 2011)

Seth Kim-Cohen, In the Blink of an Ear: Towards a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (2009)

Brandon LaBelle, Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006)

Alan Licht, Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories (2007)

Mark M. Smith, ed. Hearing History: A Reader (2004)

Walter J. Ong, The Presence of the Word: Some Prolegomena for Cultural and Religious History (1967)

Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (2009)

Peter Szendy, Listen: A History of Our Ears (2008)