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Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics

Christoph Cox


From the invention of the phonograph through contemporary sound art, field recording, and experimental film, artists have become attracted to those domains against which music has always defined itself: noise, silence, and environmental sound. Christoph Cox argues that these developments in the sonic arts are not only aesthetically but also philosophically significant, revealing sound to be a continuous material flow to which human expressions contribute but which precede and exceed those expressions. Cox shows how, over the past several centuries, philosophers and artists have explored this “ ... More

Keywords: sound art, sonic flux, metaphysics, ontology, materialism, aesthetics, noise, temporality

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226543031
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226543208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christoph Cox, author
Hampshire College

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Part I The Sonic Flux and Sonic Materialism

Part II Being and Time in the Sonic Arts

Part III The Optical and the Sonic

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