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David TOOP

David TOOP


David TOOP is a composer/musician, author and curator based in London. Since 1970 he has worked in many fields of sound art, listening practice and music, including improvisation, sound installations and video works, field recordings, pop music production, music for television, theatre and dance. He has recorded Yanomami shamanism in Amazonas, appeared on "Top of the Pops" with the Flying Lizards, exhibited sound installations in Tokyo, Beijing and London's National Gallery, and performed with artists ranging from John ZORN, Evan PARKER, Derek BAILEY, Bob COBBING and Ivor CUTLER to SUZUKI Akio, Elaine MITCHENER, Lore LIXENBERG, Scanner and Max EASTLEY. He has published five books, translated into 11 languages - "Rap Attack: African Jive to New York Hip Hop" (1984), "Ocean of Sound: Aether Talk, Ambient Sound and Imaginary Worlds" (1995), "Exotica: Fabricated Soundscapes in a Real World" (1999), "Haunted Weather: Music, Silence, and Memory" (2004), and "Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener" - released nine solo albums, including "New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments" (on Brian ENO's Obscure label in 1975), "Screen Ceremonies" (1996), "Black Chamber" (2003) and "Sound Body" (2007), and as a critic and theorist has written for many publications, including "The Wire," "The Face," "Leonardo Music Journal," "Pitchfork" and "Bookforum." Exhibitions he has curated include "Sonic Boom" at the Hayward Gallery, London in 2000, "Playing John Cage" at Arnolfini, Bristol in 2005, and "BLOW UP" at Flat Time House, London in 2010. He was also sound curator for "Radical Fashion" at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2001 and curatorial consultant for the currently touring Crafts Council exhibition "Sound Matters." His opera "Star-shaped Biscuit" was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in September 2012 and his collaborative work "Who will go mad with me" was developed and performed with Alasdair ROBERTS, Sylvia HALLETT and Luke FOWLER at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2013. Currently writing "Into the Maelstrom: Improvisation, Music and the Dream of Freedom," he is also the co-creator of "Sculpture" events with artist NAKAJIMA Rie. He is Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at University of the Arts London.



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