Aural Cultures

Jim Drobnick, editor

Toronto & Banff: YYZ Books & Walter Phillips Gallery Editions, 2004, 288 pp. + CD
ISBN: 0-920397-80-8
www.yyzartistsoutlet.org/books

http://www.banffcentre.ca/wpg/publications

Sounds resonate in nearly every social activity – from symphonic concerts and ritual chants to cacophonous revelries and respectful silences. These acoustic situations do more than reflect cultural sensibility, they create it as a living presence. Aural Cultures is a comprehensive collection of essays and artists' projects that examines sound in art and contemporary culture. The authors come from a diversity of fields including communication studies, performance, anthropology, art history, cinema studies, literature, and philosophy. A CD of sound art recordings by renowned international and Canadian artists such as Christian Marclay, Shirin Neshat, Daniel Olson, and Santiago Sierra accompanies the publication.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

JIM DROBNICK           
Listening Awry

ARTS OF LISTENING

RICHARD LEPPERT          
The Social Discipline of Listening

PETER L. SCHMUNK        
What Did Van Gogh Hear?: Vibrations, Wagner, and Voices

JENNIFER FISHER             
Speeches of Display: Museum Audioguides by Artists

BODIES, VOICES, TEXTS

CHRISTOF MIGONE         
Flatus Vocis: Somatic Winds

GEORGINA KLEEGE         
Voices in My Head

SHERRY SIMON                 
Accidental Voices: The Return of the Countertenor

WES FOLKERTH                
Tempaurality in Twelfth Night

ROBERT BEAN                    
Polyphonic Aurality in John Cage

ARTISTS’ PAGES:
SUSAN HILLER
RAYMOND GERVAIS                              

SOUND, MEDIA, AND THE ENVIRONMENT

PHILIP AUSLANDER        
Looking at Records

JODI BROOKS
“Worrying the Note”: Inaudible Beats in the Gangsta Film

GABOR CSEPREGI             
On Sound Atmospheres

ANDRA MCCARTNEY     
Soundscapes, Listening, and the Touch of Sound

ARTISTS’ PAGES:
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY   
SHIRIN NESHAT                
SU-MEI TSE                          
KIMSOOJA                           
MARTIN KERSELS

ACOUSTIC HEGEMONY AND CONTESTATION

CHARLES HIRSCHKIND 
Civic Virtue and Religious Reason: An Islamic Counter-Public

DANIEL FISHER                 
Local Sounds, Popular Technologies: History and Historicity in Andean Radio

ARTISTS’ PAGES:
ANN HAMILTON              
SANTIAGO SIERRA           
DANIEL OLSON                 

AURALITY AND ALTERITY

KANTA KOCHHAR-LINDGREN           
Performing at the Edge of Hearing: The Third Ear

DAVID HOWES                  
Sound Thinking

ROBERT DESJARLAIS        
Echoes of a Yolmo Buddhist’s Life, in Death

JIM DROBNICK                  
Aural Cultures Artists’ Projects and cd

Cover image: Su-Mei Tse, Echo (2003), still from video projection. Photo: courtesy of the artist and Fondation Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.