Steven Connors brilliant essays & talks on sound

Seeing to Sound: On Sound, Music and Voice ...
Thinking Out Loud. A talk given in the London Consortium seminar series Thinking Radio, 10 March 2010. [pdf version]
Secession. A lecture given at Sonic Acts XIII: The Poetics of Space, Amsterdam, 27 February 2010 [pdf version]
Auscultations (Listening In). A lecture given, in different versions, at the University of Iowa Sound Research Seminar 29 January 2010 and at Sonic Acts XIII: The Poetics of Space, Amsterdam, 27 February 2010 [pdf version]
Looping the Loop: Tape-Time in Burroughs and Beckett. A lecture given in the series Taping the World, University of Iowa, 28 January 2010. [pdf version]
The Chronopher. A talk given at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY,  2 April 2009. [pdf version]
Writing The White Voice. A talk given at the Sound, Silence and the Arts symposium, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 28 February 2009. [pdf version]
Earslips: Of Mishearing and Mondegreens. A talk given at the conference Listening In, Feeding Back, Columbia University 14 February 2009. [pdf version] [ listen] [download mp3]
Ear Room. A talk given at the Audio Forensics Symposium, Image-Music-Text Gallery, London, 30 November, 2008. [pdf version]
Sound Stories. A discussion of ventriloquism for RTÉ Radio 1's Sound Stories, broadcast 9 September 2008. [ listen]
Resonance. A talk broadcast on Resonance FM, 14 July 2008. [pdf version] [ listen] [download mp3]
De Singultu: The Life and Times of the Sob. A talk given at the Breaking Voices symposium, London College of Fashion, 7 June 2008. [pdf version]
Whisper Music. A lecture given at theTake a Deep Breath symposium, Tate Modern, 15 February 2007. and at Giving Voice, Centre for Performance Research, Aberystwyth, 28 March 2008. [pdf version]
Sound and the Pathos of the Air. A talk given 21st April 2007 at Two Thousand + SEVEN, a symposium held at the Sonic Arts Research Center, Queen's University Belfast, in parallel to the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music.
Strings in the Earth and Air. A lecture given at the Music and Postmodern Cultural Theory Conference, University of Melbourne, December 6th 2006.
Atmospherics: The Weather of Sound. A lecture given at Sounding Out 3, University of Sunderland, 8 September 2006.
Phonophobia: The Dumb Devil of Stammering. A talk given, as ‘Giving Out Voice’, at the Giving Voice conference, Centre for Performance Research, University of Aberystwyth, 8 April, 2006.
Damage. A talk given at the Barbican Art Gallery to accompany an exhibition of work by Christian Marclay, 6 April 2005.
The Throat of the Loon. A transcript of a conversation with Julius Nil as a guest on his Resonance FM programme, One Reason to Live, 4 May 2004. A less groomed version of the transcript appears in One Reason to Live: Conversations About Music With Julius Nil, ed. Seth Kim-Cohen (Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 2006). [pdf version]
Windbags and Skinsongs. A chapter written for The Book of Skin, and given, in compressed form, as a lecture at the conference Skin: texture/textuality/word/image at the Institute of English Studies, 14 April 2004.
Steam Radio: On Theatre's Thin Air. A paper given at the London Theatre Seminar, 27 October 2003.
Ears Have Walls: On Hearing Art. A talk given at Tate Modern in the series Challenging Ocularcentricity, 21 February 2003.
Sleights of Voice: Ventriloquism, Magic and the Harry Price Collection. A talk given to the Friends of the University of London Library, 28 November 2002.
The Help of Your Good Hands: Reports on Clapping. Some thoughts on the singular cultural phenomenon of clapping, added 30 October 2002.
Seeing Sound: The Displaying of Marsyas. A lecture given at the University of Nottingham, 16 October 2002.
Edison's Teeth: Touching Hearing. A paper written for the conference 'Hearing Culture', Oaxaca, Mexico, April 24-28 2002, organised by the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
Sounding Out Film. A much expanded version of a paper given at the conference on Literature, Film and Modernity, 1880-1940 organised jointly by the Institute for English Studies, the University of Sussex and the University of Birmingham in London, January 13-15th 2000.
Remarks on Contemporary Music and Listening. Interview extracts broadcast as part of BBC Radio 3's Settling the Score series and reprinted in Settling the Score: A Journey Through Twentieth-Century Music, ed. Michael Oliver (London: Faber and Faber, 1999).
Beside Himself: Glenn Gould and the Prospects of Performance. A talk broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on 4 November 1999 as part of an evening exploring the life and work of Glenn Gould. Listen
`Voice, Technology and the Victorian Ear'. A paper given at the conference on Science and Culture 1780-1900, organised by my colleagues Roger Luckhurst and Jo McDonagh at Birkbeck College on 12 September 1997.
Noise. A series of 5 programmes which I wrote and presented on BBC Radio 3. The programmes were produced by Tim Dee and transmitted February 24-28th, 1997. Listen to Noise; Speaking Clocks and Time Machines; Siren Sounds; Transports; Megaphonics


Fantastic New Roaratorio Rotate the Completer mp3s

A new Roaratorio release by New Zealand outsider-pop artist Rotate The Completor (whom I have previously mentioned on that-unsound), and an mp3 from the record (the songs are all untitled; this is simply "6").  Hope you enjoy --

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Geography and Plays full text by Gertrude Stein available here

Geography and Plays full text by Gertrude Stein available here
Geography and Plays full text by Gertrude Stein available here
Geography and Plays full text by Gertrude Stein available here


Yma Sumac - One woman, many voices (II)

Yma Sumac - One woman, many voices (I)

Yma Sumac - Wimoweh

Yma Sumac

fabulously ... how to write badly well ...

quote ... from  how to write badly well by Joel Stickley

'Use your prose to showcase your Poetry....
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‘What are you working on, Pen?’ He leaned over her shoulder to look. Penelope put her hand over the page.
‘It’s nothing. It’s just...’ She paused, too shy to reveal what she had been writing. ‘It’s kind of a poem.’
‘Let me see.’ He picked up the paper and started to read. ‘My God,’ he gasped, after a few seconds. ‘This is amazing.’
‘No,’ she mumbled. She could already feel her face flushing.
‘I mean it,’ he said. ‘You’re an amazing poet. The best I’ve ever read, and I’m the poetry critic for a national newspaper. This is nothing short of genius.’
‘Honestly, I didn’t think anyone would be interested,’ she said, modestly.
‘You must read it to me,’ said David. ‘I could never do it justice. I need to hear it from you. Out loud. In full.’
‘Well...’ said Penelope, blushing. ‘Okay. Here goes...’ As she read the poem, the whole world seemed to fall silent as new layers of consciousness were opened by her words:
O! My aching soul aches for the refreshing touch,
Of crystalline water my soul too refresh,
Like a dry frog jumping in a pond after sunshine to much,
Our thought’s and feeling’s and live’s now must mesh.
The silver moon high up above us in the dark, black, night, sky,
Is like a silver light in the sky so black,
It hangs up above so very, very, very, very high,
It rises in the night and in the daytime it goes back.'