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Author Eck, Cathy van, author.

Title Between air and electricity : microphones and loudspeakers as musical instruments / Cathy van Eck
Published New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 198 pages) : illustrations
Contents Beyond the curtain: the 'true nature' of microphones and loudspeakers -- Reproducing - supporting - generating - interacting: four approaches towards microphones and loudspeakers -- The sound of microphones and loudspeakers -- Movement, material and space: interacting with microphones and loudspeakers -- Composing with microphones and loudspeakers
Summary Composers and sound artists have explored for decades how to transform microphones and loudspeakers from "inaudible" technology into genuinely new musical instruments. While the sound reproduction industry had claimed perfect high fidelity already at the beginning of the twentieth century, these artists found surprising ways of use - for instance tweaking microphones, swinging loudspeakers furiously around, ditching microphones in all kinds of vessels, or strapping loudspeakers to body parts of the audience. Between air and electricity traces their quest and sets forward a new theoretical framework, providing historic background on technological and artistic development, and diagrams of concert and performance set-ups. From popular noise musician Merzbow to minimalist classic Alvin Lucier, cult instrument inventor Hugh Davies, or contemporary visual artist Lynn Pook - they all aimed to make audible what was supposed to remain
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Restricted: Printing from this resource is governed by The Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations (UK) and UK copyright law currently in force. WlAbNL
Description based on print version record
Subject Electronic music -- History and criticism.
Sound -- Recording and reproducing -- History.
Acoustic & sound engineering.
Electronic music.
Electronic musical instruments.
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Theory.
Sound -- Recording and reproducing.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016039112
ISBN 1501327623