This innovative book, assembled by the editors of the renowned periodical Terra Nova, is the first anthology published on the subject of music and nature. Lush and evocative, yoking together the simplicities and complexities of the world of natural sound and the music inspired by it, this collection includes essays, illustrations, and plenty of sounds and music. The Book of Music and Nature celebrates our relationship with natural soundscapes while posing stimulating questions about that very relationship. The book ranges widely, with the interplay of the texts and sounds creating a conversation that readers from all walks of life will find provocative and accessible.
The anthology includes classic texts on music and nature by 20th century masters including John Cage, Hazrat Inrayat Khan, Pierre Schaeffer, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Toru Takemitsu. Innovative essays by Brian Eno, Pauline Oliveros, David Toop, Hildegard Westerkamp and Evan Eisenberg also appear. Interspersed throughout are short fictional excerpts by authors Rafi Zabor, Alejo Carpentier, and Junichiro Tanazaki.
The audio material for the book, available online at (...), includes fifteen tracks of music made out of, or reflective of, natural sounds, ranging from Babenzele Pygmy music to Australian butcherbirds, and from Pauline Oliveros to Brian Eno.
Introduction: Does Nature Understand Music? I. Roots of Listening Hazrat Inyat
Khan, The Music of the Spheres Rainer Maria Rilke, Primal Sound John Cage, Happy
New Ears John Cage, Diary: Emma Lake Music Workshop 1965 Tim Hodgkinson, An
Interview with Peirce Schaeffer Evan Eisenberg, Deus ex Machina . Murray
Schafer, Music and the Soundscape Tsai Chih Chung, The Music of the Earth II.
Wild Echoes Rafi Zabor, From The Bear Comes Home Steve Lacy, Sax Can Moo...
Russell Sherman, from Piano Pieces Jaron Lanier, Music, Nature, and Computers: A
Showdown David Dunn, Nature, Sound Art, and the Scared David James Duncan, My
one Conversation With Collin Walcott Michael Ondaatje, from Coming through
Slaughter III. The Landscape of Sound Steve Erickson, from Rubicon Beach Claude
Schryer, The Sharawadji Effect Pauline Oliveros, Sonic Images Pauline Oliveros,
The Poetics of Environmental Sound Brian Eno, Ambient Music Hildegard
Westerkamp, Speaking from Inside the Soundscape Douglas Quin, Toothwalkers
Francisco Lopez, Blind Listening David Toop, from Exotica Robert Schneider, from
Brother of Sleep IV. Many Natures, Many Cultures John Luther Adams, The Place
Where You Go to Listen Toru Takemitsu, Nature and Music Steven Feld,
Lift-Up-Over Sounding Eric Salzman, Sweet Singer of the Pine Barrens Bernie
Krause, Where the Sounds Live Junichiro Tanizaki, from "A Portrait of Shunkin"
V. The Disc of Music and Nature (web link) Contributors Permissions Index
edited by David Rothenberg and Marta Ulvaeus