Posted 28 January 2013 by admin | Comments Off
Wonderfully argued, eccentric and impassioned (The Quietus)
What are the connections between Leonardo da Vinci and Dick Whittington, between the BBC Monitoring Service and punk band The Clash, between wartime military intelligence work, visual arts theory, battle management systems, Spiritualism, radio and recording technology and criminal witness testimony? What role do JG Ballard, Osama bin Laden, William Burroughs, Jean Cocteau, Richard Dawkins, Jean Genet, Adolf Hitler, William Hogarth, Pope Pius XII, Primo Levi, proto-Surrealist writer Raymond Roussel, teenage criminal Derek Bentley, Sigmund Freud and crystallographer Louis Albert Necker play in the disentangling of mysteries of human perception?
Taking a major cue from art historian EH Gombrich’s seminal text “Art & Illusion”, “Rorschach Audio” is a work of contemporary cultural scholarship and an exploration of the art and science of psychoacoustic ambiguities. Part detective story, part artistic and cultural critique, “Rorschach Audio” lifts the lid on an array of fascinating and under-examined perceptual and political phenomena.
“Rorschach Audio” is essential reading for everyone interested in air-traffic control, anechoic chambers, artificial oxygen carriers, audio art, bell-ringing, cocktail parties, cognitive science, communications interference, compost, the death penalty, Electronic Voice Phenomena, evangelism, evolutionary biology, experimental music, ghosts, the historiography of art, illusions of sound and illusions of language, lip-reading jokes, nuclear blast craters, predictive texting, singing hair, sonic archives, sound design, steam trains, tinnitus, the Turing Test, Victorian blood painting, visual depth and space perception, ultrasonic visual music, ventriloquism, voices and warehouse robberies and fires.
Hardback, 191 pages
UK £10 Non-Fiction
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Describing Silence (6 Distortions)
Instructions for Catch* Construction
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Subliminal messages: Judas Priest and the mythology of suicide
Synchronicity: Ross Sutherland and the Poetry of the Crystal Maze
Munster Page Habit 2 by Mark Leahy
The Render Ghosts – James Bridle
“Who You Gonna Call?” – Sophie Mayer meets the Ghost Librarian
The Shape of Oblivion: Poetry and the Rollercoaster
Glitchenskypen by Mark Amerika
Antonio Roberts AKA Hellocatfood commission
Echoes of Individuation: The Black Stack, Bicameral Minds & EVP
Curt Cloninger: Static Trapped in Mouths
“Peter Coffin: The Ecological Mystic (or how to appreciate the inherent stupidity of everything)”
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