Janek's Sound/Art/Installation & Music Resource/Review

Some of my own thoughts...

"Music is the Architecture of Sound"
"It's only really interesting if it's also really rewarding"
"Everyone has expectations - Explore and experiment with them"
"Everything in the world has at some point made sound, or been the cause of sound."
"It's not
(just) what you do, it's (also) the way that you do it"

"Technology is a tool, not the message"
"Limitation breeds creativity"
"Context is key to concept"
"Think Big, pack small"
"Deadlines Rule!"

a philosophy of life "Survive to thrive"

I'm thinking that Music is not just sound information.
It's an Experience > from conception, inception, desire, production, physical, tangible, design, promotion, dispersal - to discovery, absorption, emotion, memory,  reaction, connection, and recollection . . etc.

my home page : audiOh.com




Technical gear recommendations

my live performance set up

The only Minidisc to buy for touring is the Sony MZ-R55 by Sony. Buy it on ebay for around £30. The smallest and last of the first generation minidisc by Sony that has instant track access [no 2-3sec track loading delay time, during a performance, as with all later models]. It has all the physical buttons needed for on the spot editing, unlike via fucking 'menus' on the later models. It's the best there is. The MZ-R30 is also amazing and the industry standard for reporters and amateur field recordists. Totally robust, but a bit big for touring......

TOP TIP - Use the 'Repeat 1' function to make seamless loops. Only Sony do totally perfect loops without any click or pause.... very easy to use. I use 3 for concerts.
GO TO: http://www.minidisc.org/part_Sony_MZ-R55.html



[2009] There is a new version R-09HR. It's a bit longer a bit tougher, but has a few advantages - nice to use in the field - small robust and excellent quality again
It has a speaker on the back which is nice, and has a remote, but still can not edit tracks on the recorder itself which is the joy on a Minidisc.
I Now Use 5 of these R-09HR for recording and projects and also live play back - totally reliable and decent looping
I have 5 of them.... great

Loads of alternatives on the market - but this one rocks my boat

[2006] Edirol R-09 - I bought this and was super impressed. Great size, great onboard mics.. great fucking everything..
[no onboard 'track mark' editing like MD's but hey we have computers for that]
6 years into the 21st century we seem to have the ideal recording device...

[2005] Edirol R1
is one of the first generation hand held Pro/Consumer digital recorders. Does the job well if you have less cash
It's USB again so you just suck the sound straight onto your computer - marvelous :-> very worth while. bigger than iRiver but almost perfect sound with right input signal and gear.
Works brilliantly with a line level input, and that's the only way I use it [Built in mic is fairly useless, mic input is a bit noisy]
This is now my main recording unit - great for location and concert recording and everything really. I have a 2Gb compact flash card which records about 3 hours at CD quality audio.

JEZ RILEY FRENCH gives an overview of many affordable digital recorders for your please here : http://jezrileyfrench-aquietposition.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/a-quick-guide-to-hand-held-recorders.html

I use headphones for the majority of my composition work - keep others happy - I then master on studio speakers - many top folks work on headphones
I use Sony MDR-V700 a bit dj looking, but most effective durable and good sound and bass - hey both me and aphex twin use 'em ! + Juan Atkins etc etc

My friend Stephan Mathieu who is a hi spec guy.. uses these - says as good as monitors - I guess the best audeze lcd-x

I now use a professional XLR connection X-Y type condenser mic called the Rode NT4. MY god it is amazing. Detailed and low noise and creates a true impression of the sound source indoors and out. Good for close up and ambient recordings. As a condenser mic it is prone to wind gusts - even gentle ones so use a Rycote wind jammer. Bigger but better sound
GO TO: http://www.rode.com.au/?pagename=Products&product=NT4

top 20 over the ear Headphones

RYCOTE WIND COVER for microphone and Edirol R-09
I use Rycote wInd jammers for all my mics outdoors etc. The 'RYCOTE Special 60' is a nice small one that slips over the Rode NT4, the hand held microphonemaddness mic below and my favourite is slipping it over the top of my Edirol R-09

With the Rode NT4 I use a Beachtek DXA-10 mic pre amp with stereo XLR connections. This is 9V battery supply with 48V phantom power. Totally silent.
GO TO: http://www.dvwarehouse.co.uk/products.php?cat=188

HANDY cheap LOCATION RECORDING MICROPHONE for recording sounds through the air.
I use a wonderful Microphonemadness.com preamped omni mic for location recordings, with a Rycote fluffy wind shield. It has stereo gain control knobs, 9V amplification for increased dynamic and dB tollerence, a minjack input for external mics [like a contact mic] perfect. Good ambient sound in, good stereo, and is small and light, loud signal. bit noisy but been fine for me for most spatial recordings for a few years.
GO TO: http://www.microphonemadness.com/products/mmpreamsterm.htm

CONTACT MICROPHONE for recording sounds through surfaces.... the sounds of architecture
The Schaller 'Oyster Mic' is the best and most robust contact microphone. Robert Hampson told me about it, and ever since, the World of Sound flourished in front of my ears. Records sound through the vibration of surfaces rather than air. Fantastic source material everywhere. get a good one now.. the cheap ones are not as good - feedback, and no sticky stuff etc
GO TO: http://www.touchstonetonewoods.co.uk/ttwp46.html [product code for that site 5723]

Leaf cutter john & Jez Riley French both also hand make them and i have them both.

ON STAGE Instrument/vocal MICROPHONE
I recently started to use either a BeyerDynamic M201 [industry standard] or an Audix OM3 [flatter and truer sound specification than a Sure SM57/58] dynamic microphones for using to play instruments live on stage. High gain, high anti feedback properties
GO TO: http://www.audixusa.com/products.html
GO TO: http://www.beyerdynamic.co.uk/datasheets/m201.pdf

The only mixer I use is a Mackie 1202VLZ pro. Solid, agile, small, powerful, industry standard, affordable, and an instrument itself. all their products are amazing. [but if cost is an issue then Bheringer do decent chaep copies to be starting with]
GO TO: http://www.mackie.com/products/1202vlzpro/

DOD DFX 94 : 4 sec [can be tweaked to 6 sec] sample, smooth infinity and smooth pitch shifting. My favourite and best loop pedal there is for the size and money
Digitech Echo/Plus PDS 8000 delay/looper
this is pretty much the same as the marvellous DFX94 above but with 8 seconds brother ! well worth the cash

+ Ditto double pedal by TC Electronic

+ FLASHBACK by TC Electronic

TINY 4 port USB Hub
Model UH-174 is an amazing mini 4 port hub with integrated USB connector, and cheap as chips here

Boss PS-5 : great pitch pedal
Digitech Digiverb : great reverb pedal
Boss MT-2 : great EQ pedal

+ Electro Harmonix CATHEDRAL reverb

Loop Pedal information/discussion website: http://www.loopers-delight.com/loop.html

iRiver make tiny 256+Mb MP3 players that can interface with a Mac OS9 & OSX via USB. It also has Line Level input for field recording. I used to use the iRiver iFP-390T for my location recordings - tiny, reliable and good enough. not really professional, but as my work and sounds get tweaked - it does the trick, and it stays in my bag without worry or weight......
replaced by my edirol R-09
GO TO: http://www.iriver.com/product/info.asp?p_name=iFP-390T

info on kits: http: click
info on readymade light organs: click




The most important thing you own is your data... your work, your photos. your tunes.
I've had sudden motherboard and hard drive deaths
ALWAYS BACK UP - it is so easy and cheap now
eg: I use Freecom Tough drive 1TB for £125 or my WD My Passport of Mac 2TB
and the software then just analyses what has changed on your system, and saves it
Really fast
Buy as many GB's as they make in the smallest size unit.

I ALSO KEEP 2 or more other hard drives and back up to them often.. I also send drives to relatives houses etc in case of fire... I do not store my work online
I am in control of where my data is... I also have a small fire and waterproof safe for data...... and keep a backup in there...
whenever I fill up a drive.. I just keep in safe as a new one is so cheap

You can indeed send the internet from your router via the mains sockets in the wall to any other socket connected to your main fuse board
Totally wild.. I got it down the the shed 100feet at the end of the garden and it took exactly 55seconds to instal.. just plug an ethernet cable at eitehr end THAT IS IT.
Get a 200MBPS speedy one like this


Competition information

Info page for all sorts of opportunities - go on make a deadline and apply now... opportunities deadlines and ideas will flourish.

Artist News Letter magazine - if you subscribe you get access to a long list of international opportunities

installation Makers


'Hands On' in London


Mac Classic OS9 eummulator run classic apps on an intel Mac

I used an app called SoundEdit 16 for all my composiion work. It is the most basic cut&paste&layer&pitch programme I know. Very simple intuitive and powerful.
I have been using it since 1995 and it's like my painters palette or my sculptors tools kit.
So I knew I could not run it on the new Intel Macs that do not support OS9.. I thought...
BUT i then found a way to useSheepShaver to run all OS9.1 and below software on an intel YES!

I joined Demoinoid.com [recommended to use alias and other email account]
Using Transmission App which is an all inclusive ClassicOS9 app that sorts out all the impossibly hard stuff for you to enable to you launch OS9 on an intel mac... for all Apps....
Then I used the instructions below to make a new disc image .dmg, and using SSSetup GUI, I added it to the launch set up to load the new HD automatically.
Creating a Shared Hard Drive
Here's how to create a hard drive you can share between your OSX environment and SheepShaver:
Launch Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app).
Click on the "New Image" button in the toolbar.
In the sheet that's displayed, navigate to where you want to store the shared hard drive image file (I like to keep it in the SheepShaver folder), and save it with a name that means something to you (mine is called "SSShared" and I'll use that for this example), of a size that you like (or you can leave the default "40MB"), with Encryption set to "none", and Format set to "read/write disk image". Disk Utility will create the image file "SSShared.dmg", and mount it on the desktop.
In Disk Utility, select the SSShared.dmg image and click the Eject button.
Quit Disk Utility.
Launch SheepShaver GUI.
On the Volumes tab, click "Add..." and select "SSShared.dmg"
Click "Start" to run SheepShaver. It should mount the volume "SSShared" on the desktop, and you can start copying files to/from it.
The only caveat is that you get very unpredictable results if you attempt to keep the .dmg mounted in OS X at the same time as SheepShaver is running with the drive being displayed... files have been lost and the .dmg can get corrupted, so make sure you fully unmount the drive (imagine you're putting something on a floppy in one machine to carry to the next machine).

I dropped Soundedit into this new Hard Disc folder in OS9, made an alias on the desktop & I managed to get SoundEdit working just fine so far in two clicks of my mouse !

This process may well work for your lost OS9 App... search SheepShaver online to find out more top tips and issue fixing etc... good luck - it works

I also now keep an old 12" Powerbook G4 to run Sound Edit

***NOTE: in 2012 I have found a pretty close audio editing programme similar to the magestic Soundedit16
Replacement programme is call Amadeus Pro it has variable pitch and speed controls too.. I like it and now is my main pitch shifting prog
no keyboard screen interface but I use semitone controls instead

+ALSO I FOUND THIS TO BE AN EXCELLENT FULL FEATURE EDITOR - FREE Wavepad does not have multi track option so far like the Amadeus Pro


Interesting or Useful Websites: a few recommendations from me and others

A mini history of the conceptual record as art work : click
Short descriptions of different art categories: click
A short introduction to 100 years of Sound Art click

www.ubu.com : Wacking great info site on sound art etc with sounds and publications etc - wicked archive

"the definitive online Archive of the Avant Garde Arts"

the first ever recorded sound

http://www.chartattack.com : Article about a UK composer being sued for using 'Cage' silence in his music!
http://www.sr.se : Amazing idea to type in words and have them sung by famous stars for you
: Great site for online music making toys of lots of different kinds
www.mumbleboy.com : Mad and fun Flash animation with sounds
http://www.reverberant.com : interface sound artworks
www.silophone.net : Grain silos that you can upload/broadcast audio into from the website
http://www.soundkiosk.com/ : I think a rather bizarre sound portrait maker's site
: Online mixing decks!

: Modern and Classical composers info link page
: Contains commissioned work by contemporary sound artists
www.discogs.com : Usuable site for looking up info on folks
Audiohyperspace : Recent audio (+web) art activities webzine
www.groovylab.com : Nice MP3 web zine

www.tinfoil.com : Ancient Wax cylinder info and recordings from 1800's onwards
www.phonography.org : Site dedicated to the art of field recordings
http://www.oddmusic.com : great site for weird DIY instruments
http://www.mattheckert.com : sound machines by Matt Heckert
http://www.the-phone-book.com : mobile phone text art site
http://www.sonicarchitecture.com : environmental/kintetic sound art site
www.contour.net : Live performance archive site of real audio and real video
http://www.abc.net.au : DIY Australian music
http://www.showstudio.com/projects/anechoic/movies/ : The sound of clothes and a naked lady playing with them

www.sysx.org : historical sound art links page
www.hertz-lion.com : A great musician & festival & info link site
http://www.sounddesign : Australian soundart community activities
www.uclm.es : List of historical sound art exhibitions and publications
http://www.emf.org/ : Electronic Music Foundation information

http://www.kvr-vst.com/ : large archive dedicated to open source VST plugins
http://www.traxmusic.org/TraXmusic.shtml : friend recommended computer music discussion site
http://www.sectionz.com/home.asp : software and hardware reviews

http://www.studio-kura.com/download/retroplayer/index_e.html : Retro software record player - filters your music through a gramophone

A few

Alvin Lucier : click The king of conceptual experimental electronics performance work. 'I am sitting in a room' is my fav sound art work
Philip Jeck : click The master man of record player manipulation with concerts and installations
MAIN: click Wonderful electro-acoustic composer known originally for guitar manipulations

John Duncan : click Known for powerful soundscapes of radio static. One of my fav concerts ever
Martin Tetreault : click Experimental turntablist from Montreal... wickedly funny guy
Justin Bennett : click Microphone field recording collage master
David Tudor : click The prince of 60/70's experimental electronics performance work
Aube : click Japanese musician known for making composition with a specific sound source each time [like just the bible or water or ...]
Francisco Lopez : click Spanish musician who makes the audience wear blindfolds to focus on the inner quality of pure sound experience
James Turrell : click Master at using the perception of light change in architectural contexts
Gordon Matta-Clark : click Very fantastic DIY site specific installation artist using buildings and space film and photography
Semiconductor : click Favourite web design site, film, animation & music
Achim Woolscheid : click Technical site specific sound sculptor
Andy Goldsworthy : click beautiful time based site specific nature artist
Christina Kubisch : click Radio/sound transmission installation expert
Janet Cardiff : click 'Sound Walks' installation artist
Christian Marclay : click Visual artist and popular face of the 'record as artwork': history of record in art
Pierre Schaeffer :
click Inventor of Musique Concrete and godfather turntable manipultion
Carsten Nicolai :
click Contemporary slick digital music and sound art maker
Mark Bain : click Known for making buildings shake with resonators
John Cage :
click Imaginary Landscape 1 [1939 recording ] is my fav turntable composition [apart from my own of course!]. History of 4'33
Max Eastley : click Maker of interesting instruments and improvisor since the 60's
Max Neuhaus : click Said to have invented the term 'Sound Installation'
Baschet Brothers : click French brother who made loads of cool resonant sound sculptures
Martin Arnold : click chap who plays with slice of film and sound
Tonne/Paul Farington: click Sound and internet interface creator - soundtoys programme
Golan Levin: click First rate interactive and online sound to image making software author.
Jonah Brucker-Cohen: click First rate online interface artist working with sound and web data for many interesting projects
Erik M : click vinyl/turntable and related aritst from France
Erik Bunger : click sound artist who created the wonderful 'let them sing it for you' project and others
David Tinapple : click video/audio/data artist
Chris Watson : click Enviromantal Sound Recordist
Haroon Mirza : click modified bits an bobs sound sculptures
Charlemagne Palestine : click underground master of minimalism and a great inspiration in being free and funny
Eliane Radrigue : Click Short film portrait
Stephan Mathieu : Click essential sensuous sound sculptor
Brian Eno : Click Interview on BBC [available in the UK only]
Corey Arcangel : Click inventive intermedia artist from USA

short list begun in 2003 NOT COMPLETE AT ALL......there are more now!!!!!!!!!!!!!






A Young Person’s Guide To Hustling In Music and The Arts Manifesto by Lawrence English [room40]

Good old fashioned paper books: if you can find them via Google?

recent purchases 2012/13 I can see next to me on desk:

Perfecting Sound Forever: Greg Milner
Last Night a DJ Saved my Life:
Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton
Sound Design:
David Sonnenschein
The Sound Effects Bible:
Ric Viers
NOISE a human history of sound and listening:
David Hendy
The Story of Music:
Howard Goodall

David Byrne - How Music Works.. i got the audio book.. sensational

Janek's Library by about 2005: a small growing selection..still need to do more updates as with everything on this page
as of 2017 there are hundreds of books about sound finally

'Audio Culture'
THIS IS A MUST for anyone into finding out all about interesting sound/art and music.
Lots of texts by key figures from the 20th Century. It's the first book you shluld read ESSENTIAL stuff in one well presented spot.
edited by Christophe Cox and Daniel Warner (continuum) ISBN 0-8264-1615-2... more info here

more musts

'Sound Art'
Alan Licht [Rizzoli] I'm in that one - so it's a great book !
'The Fundamentals of Sonic Art and Sound Design'
Tony Gibbs [AVA/Academia]

'Handmade Electronic Music [the art of hardware hacking]' Nicolas Collins fabulous book on DIY music circuits.
LeafcutterJohn has a v useful resource page that includes a list of all the components you need to work with the book and a one stop shop to buy them I believe!

Acoustics of Buildings
The Davis A.H. (Bell)
Architectonic Space Van Der Laan, D.H. (E.J.Brill)
Architecture and Disjunction Tschumi, B. (M.I.T.)
The Concept of Music R, Smith Brindle (Oxford Press) ISBN 0-19-816388-6
The New Music R.Maconie, (Oxford Press) ISBN 0-19-315468-4 Avant Garde music composition since 1945
Experimental Music Michael Nyman (Cambridge Press) ISBN 0-521-65383-5 Written in 1972 a classic text on the emergence of 'interesting' music & pictures :->
American Minimal Music Wim Mertens (Kahn&Averill) ISBN1-871082-00-5 Very accessible chapters on the key composers
Conversing with Cage R.Kostelantz,(Omnibus)
Audio F.A.Wilson (B,Babani, 1990) ISBN 0-85934-086-4 Technical book about the mechanics/physics of audio production. Good for how things work
Experiencing Architecture S.E. Rasmussen, (M.I.T.)
Images of Place Goodey, B. (Birmingham University)
Man’s Perception of Man-Made Environment Hesselgren, S. (D.H.R.press)
Music, Sound, and Sensation Winckel, F. (Dover) ISBN 0-486-21764-7
On Sonic Art T. Wishart, (Imagineering Press)
Perception Hochberg, J.E. (Prentice Hall)
The Senses as Perceived as Perceptual Systems Gibson, J.J. (Unwin)
The Soundscape: Tuning of the World R. Murray Schafer, ISBN 089281455-1 Classic book on general ideas, classifaction and function of sound (Destiny Books 1994)
Under the Jaguar Sun Calvino, I. (Vintage) little stories about sound
Wireless Imagination D.Kahn, G.Whitehead, (M.I.T. Press) ISBN 0-262-11168-3 Collection of essays on sound, radio and the avant garde [no pictures :-<]
Installation Art Art & Design A journal of widespread ideas
Rain Sun Snow Hail Mist Calm Goldsworthy, A. 1985
Installation Art Archer, M. 1994
Gordon Matta-Clark Serpentine. 1993
House Rachael Whitread (Phaidon) ISBN 0-7148-3459-9 Wonderful book documenting the rise and fall of a terraced house casting
Christo M. Vaisey, (Academy Editions) ISBN 1-85490-101-X Nice big pictures of nice big wrap up art
James Turrell South Bank. 1993
De-Architecture Wines, J. 1987
Plunderphonics, Pataphysics & Pop Mechanics Jones, A. (SAF Publishing) ISBN 0-946719-15-2
Noise Map Justin Bennett. [Spore Records] ISBN 90-808081-1-3 Journal book with text and drawings on installations connected with field recordings
Les Sculptures Sonores [Baschet brothers] F, Baschet (Soundworld 1999) ISBN 1-902440-02-1
Achim Wollscheid, Selected Works (Selektion] ISBN 3-943801-01-3
Auto Pilot Carsten Nicolai, (Raster-noton) ISBN 3-931126-80-3 Contemporary slick book on sounds and installations relating to the science of sound
Frequencies [Hz] [Schirn] ISBN3-7757-1154-6 Book about large audio visual exhibition February 2002, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

there are many more on the market since I first began this list in the early 00's

Recommendations from others:
Janek I can't say enough about the books on errant bodies. my favorite sound lit publishing house. http://www.errantbodies.org
Sound:Space by (and about) Bernhard Leitner, published by Cantz with plenty of interviews and text about Leitner's work.
Janet Cardiff There's a very large monograph on Janet Cardiff that was published by P.S.1. in New York. It includes a CD as well.
Amplitude of Chance: the Horizon of Occourances book and DVD catalog to a gallery show of sound installations at Kawasaki City Museum in Japan. The DVD has virtual walk-through of the installations by Jio Shimizu, Achim Wollschied, Minoru Sato, Roel Meelkop, Toshiya Tsunoda... . It also includes six essays
about sound installation, and an overview of the show by Sato. The book itself is fantastic-looking!
Book for the Unstable Media Alex Adriaanses et al. (eds). The Hague: V2,1992.
Voice Over: Sound and Vision in Current Art London: Hayward gallery, 1998.
Radio Rethink: Art, Sound & Transmission Daina Augaitis and Dan Lander (eds.). . Walter Phillips Gallery, 1994.
Breaking the Sound Barrier: A Critical Anthology of the New Music Gregory Battcock (ed.) New York: E.P. Dutton, 1981.
Broken Music: Artists’ Recordworks Block, Ursula and Michael Glasmeier (eds.). . Berlin: DAAD, 1989.
Surface Tension : Problematics of Site Ken Ehrlich & Brandon LaBelle (eds.) Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 2003.
Franck, Philippe (ed.). Musiques Nouvelles : Sons en mutation. Bruxelles: La lettre volée, 2003.
Grundmann, Heidi (ed.). Sound Drifting. Vienna: Triton Verlag, 2000.
Hatanaka, Minoru and Takeo Nozaki (curators). Sound Art—Sound as Media. Tokyo: NTT, 2000.
Hess, Felix. Light as Air. Heidelberg: Kehrer, 2001.
Kahn, Douglas. Noise Water Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts. MIT Press,1999.
Kittler, Friedrich A. Gramophone, Film, Typewriter. Trans. Geoggrey Winthrop-Young and Michael Wutz. Stanford University Press, 1999 [1986].
Kostelanetz, Richard (ed.). TEXT-SOUND TEXTS. New York: William Morrow, 1980,
Kruth, Patricia and Henry Stobart (eds.). Sound. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
LaBelle, Brandon & Steve Roden (eds.). Site of Sound: Of Architecture and the Ear. Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 1999.
LaBelle, Brandon & Christof Migone (eds.). Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language. Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 2001.
Lander, Dan and Micah Lexier. Sound by Artists. Toronto: Art Metroploe, 1990.
Lucier, Alvin. Reflections. Köln: MusikTexte, 1995.
Marchetti, Lionel. La musique concrète de Michel Chion. Metamkine, 1998.
Marchetti, Walter. Walter Marchetti. Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1999.
Morris, Adalaide, ed. States: Innovative Poetics and Acoustical Technologies. University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
Neuhaus, Max. Drawings: sound works vol. II. & Place: sound works vol. III. Cantz Verlag, 1994.
Newman, Hayley. Performancemania. London: Matt’s Gallery, 2001.
Nyman, Michael. Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond. Cambridge University Press, 1999 [1974].
Pagé, Suzanne et al. (curators). Écouter par les yeux: objets et environments sonores. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1980.
Phillips, Christopher (curator). Voices Voces Voix. Le Fresnoy, 2000.
Snow, Michael. Music/Sound. Art Gallery of Ontario/The Power Plant.
Strauss, Neil, ed. Radiotext(e). New York: Semiotext(e), 1993.
van Assche, Christine, ed. Sonic Process: une nouvelle géographie des sons. Éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2002.
van Peer, René. Interviews with Sound Artists. Eindhoven: Het Appollohuis, 1993.
Weiss, Allen S. Breathless : Sound Recording, Disembodiment, and The Transformation of Lyrical Nostalgia. Wesleyan, 2002.
Weiss, Allen (ed.). Experimental Sound & Radio. NYU & MIT, 2001. (previously published as issue of The Drama Review TDR Fall 1996 T151).
Weiss, Allen. Phantasmic Radio. Duke University Press, 1995.
Williamson, Aaron. Hearing things. London: Book Works, 2001.
Xenakis, Iannis. Musique Architecture. Casterman, 1976.
Xenakis, Iannis. Les polytopes. Balland, 1975.

The aesthetic ear: sound art, Jacques Rancière and the politics of listening by Matthew Mullane : click




Artangel : Simply the best site specific commissioning organisation there is
Diapason Gallery : New Yorks first gallery dedicated to Sound Art
Invisiblecities : exhibition using location recording from around the world heard on headphones plugged into map
Sonic Boom : redited as first large scale sound art exhibition in the UK, held at Hayward Gallery
Sonic Process : Pompidou Centre touring exhibition of sound art
Matts Gallery : puts on shows with sound sometimes
Frequencies [Hz] : February 2002, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany.
66 East gallery : Gallery with a focus on sound art in Amsterdam
CCA - Contemporary Centre for Art : Glasgow gallery with focus on sound
Ensemble : Sound Art show curated by Christian Marclay in Pennsylvania

any recommendations welcome

Films etc that have great sound design moments:

'Play time' Jaques Tati wry look at the 60's modernist world though visual and sound humour... silent slamming doors etc.. top 5 film for me. and all his other films etc
'Brighton Rock'
- 'I Love You' misleading stuck record at the end of film
'Man Bites Dog' - sound man character with microphone approaches camera image with talking voice in factory scene which is integral to plot
'Forbidden Planet' - just a wonderful 1950's original self-made electronics soundtrack by Luis and Bebe Barron
'Der Lauf der Dinge' Video by Peter Fischli/David Weiss - Live chain reaction of objects falling into each other in creative ways with sound
'Alone, Life Wastes Andy Hardy' part of ana amazing body of work using rhythmic editing of a short piece of film to reveal many new and wonderful stories. Recontextualising Hollywood..... by Martin Arnold buy it from http://www.index-dvd.at/en/program/018/index.html


audiOh! Links

Music Kit:

Schaller Oyster contact mic: click
Stereo Omni pre amped mic I use: click

Light Organs:
info on kits: http: click
info on ready made:


Vinyl Cutting

short run cutting The Carvery London

Music Shops:

Forced Exposure: click
Rough Trade: click
Staalplaat: click
These: click
audiOh! Kiosk: click
Schizophrenic Records: click
Small Fish: click
Music Stack - Worldwide specialist music store : Search 14 Million Rare Music CDs and Vinyl Records at MusicStack

Easybe 1-2-3 music download store - let people download your music for money!: click

Architects I've worked with:

Pierre d'Avoine
Ben Kelly

Urban Salon
Nigel Coates
Zaha Hadid
Alex de Rijke dRMM

Rem Koolhaas


Pat & Trevor curation team in london click

Janek Elsewhere on the web [early days - not updated]:

My Top 10 chart for Dusted.com click
BBC Radio interview at Sonar 2002 click
Invisible Cities : Exhibition in Belfast: click
New York Radio interview
then scroll down to 08.17.02 'Vinyl'
M-Station interview:
Guardian 'CD of the Week': click
Friend of the Devil interview: click
Carola Mag interview: click
Chicago Tribune Review: click
Turntablist article: click
Ear Room interview: click

Interesting things:

Audi-Oh Vibrator, I kid you not: click

The World's Smallest Record Player: click

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Google search for 'Janek' today comes up as #1. Not sure how really, but makes me smile of course.



www.pbs.org quote - "Installation : A work of art created for a specific architectural situation, installations often engage multiple senses such as sight, smell and hearing. Installations are generally temporary and stationary... " hmm.... is that right anymore?

sound = an audible vibration, i.e., any vibration that is capable of being heard, whether or not it actually is.



Student designed Poster for a Lecture and Tutorial Day at Chelsea College of Art

MA Fine Art dept 2017