By Seth Kim-Cohen
An ear-opening reassessment of sonic paintings from international battle II to the current
Marcel Duchamp famously championed a "non-retinal" visible paintings, rejecting judgments of style and sweetness. within the Blink of an Ear is the 1st publication to invite why the sonic arts didn't event 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 events within the gallery arts. employing 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 circumstances, 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. consequently, the "sound-in-itself" tendency has develop into the dominant paradigm for the creation and reception of sound artwork. Engaged with severe texts by means of Jacques Derrida, Rosalind Krauss, Friedrich Kittler, Jean François Lyotard, and Jacques Attali, between others, Seth Kim-Cohen convincingly argues for a reassessment of the fast historical past of sound artwork, rejecting sound-in-itself in want of a analyzing of sound's extended state of affairs and its uncontainable textuality. whilst, 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:
La Monte Young