74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Pro by Dennis DeSantis Capturing Sound by Mark Katz Ocean of Sound by David Toop Recording Secrets for the. David Toop’s extraordinary work of sonic history travels from the rainforests of Amazonas to the megalopolis of Tokyo via the work of artists as diverse as Brian . Ocean of Sound begins in at the Paris Exposition when Debussy first heard Javanese David Toop is a highly regarded author, music critic and musician.

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Feb 08, Alex Eavid rated it it was amazing. May 28, Nick Johnston rated it really liked it. Preview — Ocean of Sound by David Toop.

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I once told a friend that it was a book about ambient music, and saw his interest instantly disappear. The sampled mixture is enjoyable at times but ends up together rather as a white noise texture than a consistent whole. It’s also painfully 90s, with instantly davvid references to “cyber-culture” and “virtuality”. There are some good quotes from Brian Eno and Richard James, and interesting tidbits here and there about acoustics and musicological theory, but it’s all too diffuse, woolly and davld.

Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom, David Toop adopts a subtly daviid approach related to the main theme, doing his best in Ocean of Sound to put his thoughts into an ideascape thro I mean xound, literally, when I say I cannot imagine music writing that is better than what’s in these pages. Maybe that’s my fault or the fault of the back cover blurb writerbut I can’t really see the relevance of the extended chapter describing in tedious detail the author’s journey into the amazon rainforest.


I consider myself well-versed in the book Less a survey of ambient music at the turn of the millennium than a drifting across its synchronic plane, through regions of anthropology, travelogue, surrealism, philosophy, poetry, visual art, popular culture, reverie — it is to sound as Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space is to place.

I find his writing on point using a personal sphere of examples and drawn connections. Fuck what yo mama say — “The magician is assisted by a boy, to whom kcean the dark he speaks at a distance through a tube formed of the windpipes of cranes, storks, or swans Adrian MaxwellMichael Williams.

I was making a point about the immersive quality of 20th century musical experiences. This book helped me understand why. This is one metaphor. ravid

I found this pretty frustrating. Retrieved 12 January Want to Read Currently Reading Read. So he made a few recordings of insect sounds and local tribes chanting Toop compiled the recordings to serve as both a historical survey of ambient music and an aural companion to his book Ocean of Sound: More to do with world-building than rock and roll.

Toop programmed the Velvet Underground ‘s song ” I Heard Her Call My Name ” so that its muted feedback would segue into an underwater recording of bearded seals barking.

Release Information, Reviews and Credits”. The author mixes mood-evoking snippets with random factoids into fragmentary accounts of ambient music history. Albums of the ’90s. View all 3 comments. James standing in the middle of Yorkshire power stations feeling them hum. Really wonderful survey of “ambient,” expanded to include jimi hendrix, rahsaan roland kirk, kate bush, etc.

Ocean of Sound : Ambient sound and radical listening in the age of communication

I listen to a lot of boring music. Djll I was privileged to meet, hang out and play some sets with Mr Toop this past September.


This isn’t just a potted history of ambient music, although it covers the subject comprehensively. Toop has interviewed many of the people whose music is discussed himself, and seems like a guy I’d like to hang out with. Jan 13, Wim rated it it was amazing.

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Book ratings by Goodreads. LOVELY, moo Really wonderful survey sond “ambient,” expanded to include jimi hendrix, rahsaan roland kirk, kate bush, etc. It’s almost impossible, for me at least, to accurately imagine what music sounds like, based on a description. Jan 23, Bret rated it it was amazing Shelves: The prose gets very interesting in parts, and the music described within handily compiled in a “discography” appendix is stunning, second to none.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Vavid Books of For me it’s usually the stuff that Rolling Stone used to call “electronica” that lets me down; for you it might be Debussy or Lee “Scratch” Perry, but it’s sort of inevitable one way or another.

In a contemporary review for The WirePeter Shapiro said he was impressed by how Ocean of Sound highlighted musical similarities among its disparate artists, calling it a manifestation of the book’s discussion and “a remarkable collection of great music”.