By Seth Kim-Cohen

An ear-opening reassessment of sonic paintings from global conflict II to the current

Marcel Duchamp famously championed a "non-retinal" visible paintings, rejecting judgments of flavor and sweetness. within the Blink of an Ear is the 1st ebook to invite why the sonic arts didn't adventure a parallel flip towards a non-cochlear sonic artwork, imagined as either a reaction and a supplement to Duchamp's conceptualism. instead of deal with sound artwork as a creative perform unto itself-or because the undesirable baby of music-artist and theorist Seth Kim-Cohen relates the post-War sonic arts to contemporaneous activities within the gallery arts. using key principles from poststructuralism, deconstruction, and artwork background, within the Blink of an Ear means that the sonic arts were topic to an analogous cultural pressures that experience formed minimalism, conceptualism, appropriation, and relational aesthetics. Sonic perform and idea have downplayed - or, in lots of instances, thoroughly rejected - the de-formalization of the paintings and its simultaneous animation within the conceptual realm.
Starting in 1948, the simultaneous examples of John Cage and Pierre Schaeffer initiated a sonic theory-in-practice, fusing clement Greenberg's media-specificity with a phenomenological emphasis on belief. to that end, the "sound-in-itself" tendency has turn into the dominant paradigm for the creation and reception of sound artwork. Engaged with serious texts via Jacques Derrida, Rosalind Krauss, Friedrich Kittler, Jean Fran├žois Lyotard, and Jacques Attali, between others, Seth Kim-Cohen convincingly argues for a reassessment of the quick heritage of sound artwork, rejecting sound-in-itself in want of a analyzing of sound's improved scenario and its uncontainable textuality. even as, this crucial booklet establishes the foundations for a nascent non-cochlear sonic perform, embracing the inevitable interplay of sound with the social, the linguistic, the philosophical, the political, and the technological.

Artists mentioned comprise:

George Brecht
John Cage
Janet Cardiff
Marcel Duchamp
Bob Dylan
Valie Export
Luc Ferrari
Jarrod Fowler
Jacob Kirkegaard
Alvin Lucier
Robert Morris
Muddy Waters
John Oswald
Marina Rosenfeld
Pierre Schaeffer
Stephen Vitiello
La Monte Young

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