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A sinister resonance Around Sound

David Toop

Edificio ABANCA Cervantes

Friday 6th October | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Free admission while seating is available

Some artists showed a special sensitivity in order to transmit the soundscapes of their time before the first recording systems, making it possible to capture and reproduce the sound. In this conference, the British critic and musician David Toop will present to us his research on the history of sound, noise and silence based on sources like literature and painting.

This conference will be translated.

David Toop discusses ideas of representing sounding and silence through silent media such as paintings and literature. In particular he concentrates on the difficulties of representing a moment of listening, the subject of a series of paintings in the early career of Dutch 17 th century artist Nicolaes Maes.

  • David Toop

    David Toop has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening, music and materials since 1970. This practice encompasses improvised music performance, writing, electronic sound, field recording, exhibition curating, sound art installations and opera. As writer he has been associate editor and columnist of magazines such as The Wire and The Face and published seven acclaimed books, including Rap Attack, Into the Maelstrom -a Guardian music book of the 2016-, Ocean of Sound and Sinister Resonance, the latter two translated into spanish.

    He was a member of The Flying Lizards and has released thirteen solo Albums for labels such as Brian Eno’s Obscure, David Sylvian’s Samadhisound or Lawrence English’s ROOM40. His 1978 Amazonas recordings of Yanomami shamanism were released on Sub Rosa as Lost Shadows and sampled for Björk’s forthcoming album.

    He has also collaborated with many artists and musicians (Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, John Butcher, Max Eastley, John Zorn, Thurston Moore, etc.), curated art exhibitions, including Sonic Boom and Playing John Cage and currently, he is Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.

    University of the Arts London