Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Post 1980 canon #9: Sound art

Sound art traces its history back to Dadaism, Kurt Scwhitters' Ursonate and the craziest of John Cage's ideas. But as a major art genre, it's a child of the 1980s and 1990s when first tape and then computer technology got so affordable that it could more easily be incorporated in an art work.

Wikipedia teaches us the following:
The earliest documented use of the term in the U.S. is from a catalogue for a show called "Sound/Art" at The Sculpture Center in New York City, created by William Hellerman in 1983.

The distinction between music and sound art has been the topic of many fruitless debates over the years. As a general rule of thumb, sound art is site specific - it is conceived for a specific place at a specific time, while music in its nature seeks to transcend time and place. A work of music seeks to exist outside place and time.

No sound examples this time, but I will use Arne Nordheim's Gilde på Gløshaugen (2000) as illustration in the lecture. The lecture will be site specific. It can only be experienced if you're there :)

No comments:

Post a Comment