Wild Sound: Maryanne Amacher and the Tenses of Audible Life

ISBN : 9780190060893

Amy Cimini
320 ページ
156 x 235 mm

"We haven't even made it to breakfast!" was a phrase often used by composer Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009) to shorthand her critical and partial approach to knowledge production across the vast artistic, technical, and scientific discourses with which she worked. The same could be said about her own musical thought, which encompassed original presentational formats in existing and speculative media and approaches to sound and listening that conjoined real and imagined social worlds. Wild Sound: Maryanne Amacher and the Tenses of Audible Life discerns meeting points between frameworks for life that emerged from Amacher's multidisciplinary study of sound and listening: within acoustical spectra, inside human bodies and ears, across cities and edgleands, hypothetical creatures and virtual, fictive or distanciated environments. These figurations guide interpretative study of six signal projects: Adjacencies (1965/1966); City-Links (1967-1988); Additional Tones (1976 / 1988), Music for Sound-Joined Rooms (1980), Mini Sound Series (1985) and Intelligent Life (1980s) and countless sketches, notes and unrealized projects. Author Amy Cimini explores Amacher's working methods with an interpretive style that emphasizes technical study, conceptual juxtaposition, intertextual play, and narrative transport.


List of Figures
List of Tables
CHAPTER ONE: I want to make a music
Tenses and Moods of the Audible
Book Overview and Selected Works: 1965-1990
Amacher Among the Musicologies and Other Studies
Life in a Sound and its Figurations
Life in an Eartone and its Figurations
The Archive and The Title
Dear Parents: Desires and Plans, 1965
CHAPTER TWO: Adjacencies and its Negations
A Tape and Untaken Pictures: Learning Adjacencies
How to Wish for Sound: Negative Notation
The Space Notebook: An Analysis in the Subjunctive
Life in a Frequency Spectrum and its Figurations
Here - (ish): Another Tape and City-Links, WBFO Buffalo, 1967
A Page From a Musical Composition: In City, 1967
Conclusion: Adjacencies and the Phone Block
CHAPTER THREE: Scenes from a Long Distance Music: City-Links 1973-1975:
How to Glow in the Dark: 1970s Textual Experiments
Dirty Water and the Microphone at Pier 6, 1973
Tone at the Harbor and Three Long Distance Musics on Tape
Incoming Night, Blum at Pier 6, May 1975
Long Distance Music at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies: Anywhere City (1974)
Telephones, Telepaths and Other Linkless Listenings: Presence (1975)
Leased Lines and Direct Distance Dialing: Obsolescing City-Links (1989)
Televisions and Mirrors: No More Miles - An Acoustic Twin (1974)
CHAPTER FOUR: Eartones and Third Ears:
Stereoscopic Cochlea and Live Space on Paper
Intervals and Interchanges in Head Rhythm & Play Thing (1999)
Doublings and Coils in Labyrinthitis (2008)
Life in a Third Ear and its Figurations
The Phantasm Coming From My Head! and Other Interaural Genealogies
OBSERVE:POTENTIAL: Inside the Tone Scans
Conclusion: The Levi-Montalcini Variations (1992)
CHAPTER FIVE: Amacher's House for Strange Life:
A Walk into Living Sound (Patent Pending)
The Tribute at 223 Grotto Street
CLUE I: MID RANGE Microbes and Other Creative Recyclers
Enchanted Cablecasts and Structure-Borne Sound: 1974-1979
CLUE II: Orchestral Metabolisms and Unheard Microbial Music
CLUE III: Diamond v Chakrabarty Among the Third Men
Acoustical Research as Dramatic Form in Amacher's Other Laboratories
AFTERWORD: Notes with Ears


Amy Cimini is Assistant Professor of music at UC San Diego in the Integrative Studies Area. Her research, teaching and performance engage 20th century philosophy and political thought with an emphasis on embodiment and ethics in experimental practice. Dr. Cimini is co-editor of Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews (2021). She is also a violist who has recorded and toured extensively with experimental music ensembles and as a solo artist.