[artinfo] Art & Illusion for Sound - Rorschach Audio
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"Rorschach Audio - Art & Illusion for Sound"
stresses the influence that relatively
little-known wartime intelligence work with sound
had on one of the most important works of visual
arts theory ever published...
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, 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.
"The earliest form of sound recording technology
was not a machine but was written language..."
(Rorschach Audio, page 96)
Trade distribution by Turnaround
Hardback, 191 pages
Art Theory, Cultural Studies
UK £10 Non-Fiction
An early MIT Press version of "Rorschach Audio"
(published 2001) can be downloaded here -
Rorschach Audio lecture-demonstrations have been
presented at The British Library, The Science
Museum Dana Centre, The Royal College of Art, The
ICA, City University, Kings College & Freud
Museum (London), Liverpool Biennale, The
Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh, FHNW
(Basel), Argos (Brussels), Arteleku (San
Sebastian), Gertrude Contemporary and MUMA
(Melbourne). "Rorschach Audio" sound artworks
have been commissioned by MUU Helsinki and Palais
de Tokyo. Project supported by The Arts &
Humanities Research Council, Goldsmiths College
(University of London) and The Institute for
Modern & Contemporary Culture at The University
Psychoacoustic Demonstration + Audio Test Sequence...
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