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The Book of Music and Nature
An Anthology of Sounds, Words, Thoughts
David Rothenberg, ed.; Marta Ulvaeus, ed.

Available only as an ebook.


2001 • 272 pp. 15 illus. 8 figs. 6 x 9"
Music / Nature

$24.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7390-2

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Includes audio supplement

A provocative book with audio explores the relationship of music and the natural world

This innovative book and soundscapes, 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 twentieth 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 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.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"The Book of Music and Nature cheerfully debunks the old ‘music is the universal language’ cliché; pays homage to masters like John Cage, Brian Eno and Toru Takemitsu; detours for a koan-like story by David James Duncan and a tall tale from David Toop; and, finally, acknowledges the written word’s ultimate limitations in the face of music with an illuminating CD. The Book of Music and Nature is an impressive work: important, provocative and comprehensive."John Schaefer


ALA's University Press Books "Outstanding" for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 12th Edition. (2002) Commendation

David Rothenberg is a composer and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In 1996, he founded Terra Nova: Nature and Culture, a literary and artistic quarterly that looks at the cultural possibilities of environmentalism. Marta Ulvaeus received a PhD from NYU in Performance Studies. She was Assistant Editor of TDR (The Drama Review) for three years before becoming Associate Editor of Terra Nova.

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 09:33:52 -0500