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Sound Scripts

Sound Scripts

Article Title

Modernist and Postmodernist Arts of Noise, Part 1: From the European Avant-Garde to Contemporary Australian Sound Art

Authors

David Bennett

Abstract

The broad aim of the paper that follows is to test the claim of critics such as Miriam Fraser and Steve Connor that the modernist deconstruction of the music/noise dichotomy has entered a distinctively postmodern phase. The article below therefore traces the history and poetics of this dichotomy from the modernist avant-garde to contemporary Australian postmodernist Sound Art, moving from a discussion of the ideas of Russolo, Cage, Boulez and Schaeffer, to a close reading of Ros Bandt’s “Stack” (2000- 01). These themes as expressed in contemporary Australian composition are then explored in Part Two below

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