Black Hole Blues

The primacy of sight has robbed us. It’s almost as if we were addicted to looking.

As a sensory awareness practitioner who encourages a playful approach towards tactile and usually organic materials when I am not employing outdoor adventuring to  foster nature relatedness, I am always teasing those I work with that we need to come to our senses.

As a deep listening meditator, and an oftime vocalist/cello/word bruitage experimenter, music and sound artists have been guides. But there are a few books that have helped along the way particularly in the way of the hearing organs.

In no particular order here are a few that come to mind.

Black hole blues and other songs from outer space. Janna Levin, 2016

Listening to noise and silence: towards a Philosophy of sound art. Salome Vogelin, 2010

The great animal orchestra: finding the origins of music in the worlds wild places Bernard Krause, 2012

This is your brain on music : the science of a human obsession Daniel J. Levitin, 2006

The rest is noise: listening to the 20th century. Alex Ross, 2007

Musicophilia Oliver Sacks, 2007

Music the Brain and Ecstasy: How music captures your imagination Robert Jourdain, 1997

La voix étude d’ethno-linguistic comparée Kwada Junzo, 1988/1998

Deep Listening Practice of a Composer -Pauline Oliveros

Sight and Sensibility: the Ecopsychology of perception Laura Sewall, 1999

The sense of the world, Jean Luc Nancy 2001

Downcast Eyes: the denigration of vision in 20th century French Thought, Martin Jay, 1993

Noise matters: towards an ontology of noise Greg Hainge 2013

The spell of the sensuous, David Abram, 1996

You can find most of these books at any good public library. Check your world catalogue.

Azul ANDREA, Paumes (Palms), Ink on Paper, 2014/16

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