By David Toop
Ocean of Sound starts in 1889 on the Paris Exposition whilst Debussy first heard Javanese song played. An airy tradition absorbed in body spray, gentle and ambient sound constructed in accordance with the intangibility of twentieth century communications. David Toop lines the evolution of this tradition, via Erik Satie to the Velvet Undergound; Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix.
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Two players shared control of tone, volume and tuning for each radio. The performance began after midnight when the air waves were relatively quiet. and composer Henry Cowell decided that this had spoiled. the piece. Cage disagreed. " "I remember going to a lecture by John Cage a long time ago", says Robin. "I found it really liberating when he was talking about listening to music at home and there was building work going on next door. ' and he just had to accept the fact that this waS part of the sound.
They a1'e static, the music is static, the· pJaceis packed and DJ Per, who has organised the event · with his brother, is ~ happy. He is also very amused by the irony of the situation he sees below him. soft furnishings. One of the frequent criticisms aimed at· ~ ambient and electronic music is that -the music·1acks stars, focal points, magazine-cover fodder, dynamic performers. By definition, a 49 ocean of sound computer-driven, pre-programmed performance is pre-determined. Only a few operators can transcend the knowledge that they, along with the audience, are passive witnesses to the computer's blind need to.
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