Earth Sound Earth Signal (Paperback)

Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

By Douglas Kahn

University of California Press, 9780520257559, 344pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2013

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Earth Sound Earth Signal is a study of energies in aesthetics and the arts, from the birth of modern communications in the nineteenth century to the global transmissions of the present day. Douglas Kahn begins by evoking the Aeolian sphere music that Henry David Thoreau heard blowing along telegraph lines and the Aelectrosonic sounds of natural radio that Thomas Watson heard through the first telephone; he then traces the histories of science, media, music, and the arts to the 1960s and beyond. Earth Sound Earth Signal rethinks energy at a global scale, from brainwaves to outer space, through detailed discussions of musicians, artists and scientists such as Alvin Lucier, Edmond Dewan, Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, James Turrell, Robert Barry, Joyce Hinterding, and many others.

About the Author

Douglas Kahn is Professor of Media and Innovation at the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is author or editor of several books, including Noise Water Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts and, most recently, Source: Music of the Avant-Garde and Mainframe Experimentalism.

Praise For Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts

"Another unmissable text in sound art research."

— Neural