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Sonic FluxSound, Art, and Metaphysics$
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Christoph Cox

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226543031

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226543208.001.0001

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Signal to Noise

Signal to Noise

An Ontology of Sound art

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Sonic Flux

Christoph Cox

University of Chicago Press

This chapter develops an ontology of sound and argues that sound art plays a crucial role in manifesting this ontology. Drawing from G.W. Leibniz, Michel Serres, and Gilles Deleuze, and examining work by sonic artists Éliane Radigue, Jacob Kirkegaard, Francisco López, Annea Lockwood, Joan La Barbara, and others, the chapter argues that the sonic flux has two dimensions: an intensive dimension (“noise”) and an actual dimension in which this intensive continuum is articulated (for example, by speech and music). The richest works of sound art, the chapter suggests, are unique among audible phenomena in that they disclose the intensive dimension of sound and its processes of actualization.

Keywords:   ontology, sound art, the actual, the intensive, G.W. Leibniz, Michel Serres, noise, Eliane Radigue, Francisco Lopez, Annea Lockwood

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