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Ocean of Sound

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 320
Subject: Non-Fiction, Popular Culture & Music

Ocean of Sound

Aether Talk, Ambient Sound and Imaginary Worlds

David Toop

Paperback
9781852427436 (22 Feb 2001)
£9.99

About the book

Sun Ra, Brian Eno, Lee Perry, Kate Bush, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Brian Wilson are interviewed in this extraordinary work of sonic history. It travels from the rainforests of Amazonas to virtual Las Vegas; from David Lynch's dream house high in the Hollywood Hills to the megalopolis of Tokyo.

Ocean of Sound begins in 1889 at the Paris exposition when Debussy first heard Javanese music performed. An ethereal culture developed in response to the intangibility of 20th century communications.

Author of Rap Attack 3 and Exotica, David Toop has in Ocean of Sound written an exhilarating, path-breaking account of ambient sound.

About the author

David Toop is a highly regarded author, music critic and musician. Since 1995 he has released three solo albums, curated five compilation albums (including the soundtrack to Ocean of Sound), and the sound and music exhibition at the Hayward Gallery: 'Sonic Boom'. His music journalism appears in The Wire, Book Forum, The Times and The Face.

Reviews

Puts Toop up there with Eno as a theorist of ambient music

- Wired

It is the capacity of sound to thrill the senses that comes across most clearly in these pages

- Independent on Sunday

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 320
Subject: Non-Fiction, Popular Culture & Music