‘Sound in Context’ documentary


Sound in Context from Vimeo

‘Visual art is something you can collect. [But] how can you make sound pay? Mostly, you can’t. So it has to develop an other kind of economy. The economy of music in general is in a free fall at the moment. It’s disintegrated’.
David Toop

‘If there is a huge amount more of research to be done on the audio culture, then there are plenty more ideas for artists to work with in sound’.
David Toop

This film by Jonathan Web and Ashley Wong was blogged before by Displaced Sounds. It’s a 30mn documentary film from interviews with sound artists, journalists and curators, including: Seth Cluett (artist), Benedict Drew (artist/curator, Unter Radio host), Barry Esson (director, Arika), Anne Hilde Neset (deputy editor, The Wire), Hans Ulrich Obrist (co-director, Serpentine Gallery), Mike Stubbs (director, FACT), David Toop (writer/curator), Richard Whitelaw (programme director, Sonic Arts Network). While David Toop looks extremely tired in his interview (even more than in the Sub Rosa DVD from last year), his comments are insightful and thought-provoking (see above). Other interviewees come up with interesting point of views, like Richard Whitelaw (Sonic Arts Network) on financing sound art: ‘No one commissioned the Futurists’, or Arika festival director Barry Esson on sociology: ‘The noise fans are so conservative’.

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8 Responses to “‘Sound in Context’ documentary”

  1. 1 Lucky November 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    i noticed, too, that toop seems tired in the film “i never promised you a rose garden” – but maybe it’s just his british face appearance…

    the link to the film above doesn’t work right now.

    cheers again, continuo!

  2. 2 continuo November 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    The link is supposed to work when you open it in a new window then Save As. I’ll check that later. Thanks for your comment, Lucky.

  3. 3 Begrave November 4, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Unfortunatly 400 – Bad Request

  4. 4 continuo November 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Watch it on Vimeo, then.

  5. 6 a non-eared mouse November 4, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    that’s just how david is – and i might add that being thoughtful certainly isn’t confined to the british,..

  6. 7 Max November 5, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Thank you so much for this- I’m really interested in working in this field so this video may turn out to be a crucial key in figuring out what I want to do.

  7. 8 continuo November 6, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Thank you all for your comments.
    My point regarding Toop’s health is that he looks definitely much more tired than one year ago. Long live David Toop!

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