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After sound: toward a critical music

After sound: toward a critical music

Barrett, G. Douglas, author

After Sound considers contemporary art practices that reconceive music beyond the limitation of sound. This book is called After Sound because music and sound are, in Barrett's account, different entities. While musicology and sound art theory alike typically equate music with pure instrumental sound, or absolute music, Barrett posits music as an expanded field of artistic practice encompassing a range of different media and symbolic relationships. The works discussed in After Sound thus use performance, text scores, musical automata, video, social practice, and installation while they articulate a novel aesthetic space for a radically engaged musical practice. Coining the term &quote;critical music,&quote; this book examines a diverse collection of art projects which intervene into specific political and philosophical conflicts by exploring music's unique historical forms. Through a series of intimate studies of artworks surveyed from the visual and performing arts of the past ten years-Pussy Riot, Ultra-red, Hong-Kai Wang, Peter Ablinger, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, and others-After Sound offers a significant revision to the way we think about music. The book as a whole offers a way out of one of the most vexing deadlocks of contemporary cultural criticism: the choice between a sound art effectively divorced from the formal-historical coordinates of musical practice and the hermetic music that dominates new music circles today

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Published London: Bloomsbury, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: G. Douglas Barrett
ISBN: 1501308092, 9781501308093, 9781501308116
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (243 pages) : illustrations
Subject: Silence in art.; Music Social aspects.; Sound in art.; Art and music.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Introduction: Music After Sound
  2. Silence and Collectivity
  3. The Limits of Performing Cage: Ultra-red's SILENT|LISTEN
  4. The Silent Network: The Music of Wandelweiser
  5. Language and Authority
  6. “IDEAS MATTER”: Zizek Sings Pussy Riot
  7. Music to the Letter: Noise, Language, and the Letter from Schoenberg
  8. Speculation and Sense
  9. The Debt of Philosophy: Music, Speculation, and The Sound of Debt
  10. The Metaphoricity of Sense: Hong-Kai Wang's Music While We Work - with Lindsey Lodhie
  11. Conclusion: Music After Art
  12. Acknowledgments
  13. Notes
  14. Selected Bibliography
  15. Index