Leonardo Music Journal

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LMJ 23: Sound Art

Art is getting noisier every day. Whether made by sculptors, video artists, composers, printmakers or installation artists, there’s no question but that “Sound Art” is a genre ascendant. The Turner Prize went to a Sound Artist last year, Phonography has revived an interest in R. Murray Schafer’s Soundscape theories, and critical writing is beginning to proliferate on the topic. LMJ23 gives this field a closer look by highlighting artists and composers from around the world who address the role of sound in art that wouldn’t necessarily be called "music." LMJ23 includes an accompanying CD, "sound—or its absence," curated by Seth Cluett and featuring tracks by James Webb, Catherine Béchard & Sabine Hudon, Maia Urstad, Tania Candiani, Keith and Mendi Obadike, Tetsuya Umeda, Pascal Broccolichi, Hong-Kai Wang, Benedict Drew, and Nina Katchadourian. Find out more.

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LMJ 22: Acoustics

Immersed as we are in electronically mediated sound, at the end of the day---whether it’s coming from ukuleles or earbuds---sound reaches us through acoustic pressure. The sheer physicality of sound, and its quirky interaction with our sense of hearing, has driven many a composer and sound artist to go back to the "year zero" in music---before the codification of melody, rhythm and harmony---and explore fundamental aspects of the physics and perception of sound.

LMJ22 highlights writings on the role of acoustics and psychoacoustics in music and audio art. Authors include Ellen Fullman; David Burraston; Robert Dick; Owain Pedgley and Eddie Norman; John Driscoll; Daniel Wilson; Jim Murphy, Ajay Kapur and Dale Carnegie; Woon Seung Yeo, Keunhyoung Kim, Seunghun Kim and Jeong-seob Lee; Tim Feeney; Phil Edelstein; David Prior; Ellen Band; Richard Glover; Henry Gwiazda; Kristian Derek Ball; Christopher Haworth; Lewis Kaye; Scot Gresham-Lancaster and Peter Sinclair; Alex Wand; and David First. Find out more.

The issue includes a CD curated by Daniel James Wolf with tracks by Chris Molla, Ann Warde, Judy Dunaway, Hauke Harder, Miguel Frasconi, and Kiyomitsu Odai. Find out more.

LMJ22’s online supplement is entitled "Alvin Lucier---A Celebration." Available to subscribers, the online supplement includes writings by Ron Kuivila, Anthony Burr, Nicolas Collins, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Hauke Harder, Charles Curtis, Richard Lerman, and Justin Yang.

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Updated 14 November 2013