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...Best known for providing the soundtrack to some of director David Lynch’s weirdest works, Angelo Badalamenti created a sonic palette that grounded the director’s vision in an aural reality. Born in 1937 in Brooklyn, Badalamenti began...
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...As ambient and electronic music evolved through the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, Jean-Michel Jarre proved to be one of its most important innovators. Jarre was born in Lyon, France in 1948. His father was a French Resistance veteran...

Aphex Twin

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...The Scottish DJ and producer Aphex Twin, born Richard James, emerged from the British rave scene to become one of most critically acclaimed artists within the ambient genre specifically, and electronic music generally. Born in Ireland...

Brian Eno

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...One of the most prolific creative minds of the late twentieth century, Brian Eno and his music introduced many to the artistry of abstract music and visual art. Born in 1948 in Suffolk, England, Eno studied art and experimental music. He...

Towards an Art of Impregnation

The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art

Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business, 2017

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...There is increasing common ground between the art world and the social sciences. This is particularly true of work related to sonic spaces, sensory environments and everyday aesthetics. Shared questions are surfacing, enabling us to take...

Stars Of The Lid’s and Their Refinement Of The Decline (2007)

Walter Holland

Walter Holland is the author of A Live One (#109). He tweets @waxbanks. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...The machine says I’ve played Stars of the Lid’s album And Their Refinement of the Decline hundreds of times. This would seem to imply that I’ve listened to the album a healthy amount, but I confess that, while I’ve heard it more times than...

I Have Something To Say, But I’m Not Saying It

Seth Kim-Cohen

Seth Kim-Cohen is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Against Ambience and Other Essays

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...In anticipation . . . Art articulates. It is articulated, made of particulate matter. Its particulars matter. Where it starts and when it stops is crucial to its meaning: how it pauses, resumes, divides, combines. In art’s skeletal...

Anxious, Dismal, Giddy, Aggressive: Seth Kim-Cohen Interviewed by Mark Peter Wright for Ear Room

Seth Kim-Cohen

Seth Kim-Cohen is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Against Ambience and Other Essays

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Ear Room: We’re here primarily to talk about your new book Against Ambience, can you briefly outline some of its main themes/topics.Seth Kim-Cohen: Against Ambience is an example of an endangered species—a book of good, old-fashioned...

Caliban’s Ear: A Short History of Ambient Music

Ubiquitous Musics : The Everyday Sounds That We Don’t Always Notice

Taylor & Francis Group, 2013

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...Carl Zimmer, ‘Neuron Network Goes Awry, and Brain Becomes an IPod’, The New York Times: Science Times, 12 July 2005, pp. 1, 6.People today are awash in music from radios, television, elevators and supermarkets. It is possible...

Brian Eno's Another Green World

Geeta Dayal

Geeta Dayal’s writing on music, visual art, and science has appeared in many major publications, including Bookforum, The Wire, The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, and The Village Voice. She is currently at work on a second book on the history of electronic music. She lives in Boston. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

33 1/3 Books

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...The serene, delicate songs on Another Green World sound practicallymeditative, but the album itself was an experiment fueled byadrenaline, panic, and pure faith. It was the first Brian Eno album tobe composed almost completely...