Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Acoustic ecology

For those of you interested in taking Michael Pisaro's course on acoustic ecology, I recommend the first chapter of Timothy Morton's Ecology without Nature. He mentions R. Murray Schafer there and criticizes acoustic ecology because it "yearns for an organic world of face-to-face contact in which the sound of things corresponds to the way they appear to the senses and to a certain concept of the natural" (Ecology without Nature, 43). As the title of Morton's book suggests, it might be that we need to get rid of such a concept of the natural in order to think ecology.

Schafer's book is on the reading list for Michael's course.

Morton also discusses John Cage in this context:

Even Sonic Youth passes the revue. Thurston Moore's notion of "pastoral violence" is à propos:

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