The Book of Music & Nature: An Anthology of Sounds, Words, Thoughts (Paperback)

The Book of Music & Nature: An Anthology of Sounds, Words, Thoughts By David Rothenberg (Editor), Marta Ulvaeus (Editor) Cover Image

The Book of Music & Nature: An Anthology of Sounds, Words, Thoughts (Paperback)

By David Rothenberg (Editor), Marta Ulvaeus (Editor)

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A provocative book explores the relationship of music and the natural world.

This innovative book, assembled by the editors of the renowned periodical Terra Nova, is the first anthology published on the subject of music and nature. Lush and evocative, yoking together the simplicities and complexities of the world of natural sound and the music inspired by it, this collection includes essays, illustrations, and plenty of sounds and music. The Book of Music and Nature celebrates our relationship with natural soundscapes while posing stimulating questions about that very relationship. The book ranges widely, with the interplay of the texts and sounds creating a conversation that readers from all walks of life will find provocative and accessible.

The anthology includes classic texts on music and nature by 20th century masters including John Cage, Hazrat Inrayat Khan, Pierre Schaeffer, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Toru Takemitsu. Innovative essays by Brian Eno, Pauline Oliveros, David Toop, Hildegard Westerkamp and Evan Eisenberg also appear. Interspersed throughout are short fictional excerpts by authors Rafi Zabor, Alejo Carpentier, and Junichiro Tanazaki.

The audio material for the book, available online at http: //www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/musicandnaturecd/, includes fifteen tracks of music made out of, or reflective of, natural sounds, ranging from Babenzele Pygmy music to Australian butcherbirds, and from Pauline Oliveros to Brian Eno.

David Rothenberg is a composer and associate professor of philosophy at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In 1996, he founded Terra Nova: Nature and Culture, a literary and artistic quarterly that looks at the cultural possibilities of environmentalism. Marta Ulvaeus received a PhD from NYU in performance studies. She was assistant editor of TDR (The Drama Review) for three years before becoming associate editor of Terra Nova.

Product Details ISBN: 9780819569356
ISBN-10: 0819569356
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: October 13th, 2009
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Music/Culture (Paperback)