Norman, Katharine


Sounding Art: Eight Literary Excursions through Electronic Music

London: Ashgate

Language(s): English


Discourse within Electroacoustic Music Electroacoustic Music Sonic Art


In this book, the author (a composer of electroacoustic music) discusses a variety of approaches towards making and listening to electronic music. Rather than presenting a systematic history, written in a conventional academic form, she offers eight extended essays that are themselves literary compositions; these have been composed in such a way as to amplify their theme and are intended as an invitation to listen differently to music as sounding art.

Table of contents:

Part I Sounding... ...Spaces
1. Concrete Tales and Touching Times
2. Several Infinities (an Emblem Book)
Part II Sounding... ...Worlds
3. With No Direction Home
4. The Same Trail Twice: Talking Rain with Hildegard Westerkamp
Part III Sounding... ...Voices
5. Speak/Listen
6. Figure-toi: Listening to Sous le Regard d’un Soleil Noir by Francis Dhomont
Part IV Sounding... ...Edges
7. Beyond the Limit and the Line
8. The Endnotes

All references of the same author:


Norman, Katharine (1994). Telling Tales
Norman, Katharine (1996). Real-World Music as Composed Listening
Norman, Katharine (2000). Stepping Outside for a Moment: Narrative Space in Two Works for Sound Alone