David Toop 18-05-2016

16:30, Lecture Theatre A, LCC



David Toop, born in 1949, is a composer and improvising musician, author, artist and curator based in London. Described as “the godfather of UK sound art” in The Guardian, he is experienced in many fields of sound, listening practice and music. He has recorded Yanomami shamanism in Amazonas, appeared on Top of the Pops with the Flying Lizards, exhibited sound installations in Tokyo, Beijing and London’s National Gallery, worked with many artists ranging from John Zorn, Evan Parker, Bob Cobbing, John Latham and Ivor Cutler to Akio Suzuki, Camille Norment and Max Eastley. His writing includes essays, criticism, academic papers and six books, including Rap Attack, Ocean of Sound, Haunted Weather, and Sinister Resonance. Since his first album, released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975, he has recorded ten solo albums, including Screen Ceremonies, Black Chamber and Sound Body, and many collaborative records. Exhibitions he has curated include Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, Playing John Cage at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Blow Up at Flat-Time House. His opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012 and his collaborative work – Who will go mad with me – was performed with Alasdair Roberts, Sylvia Hallett and Luke Fowler at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2013. His sixth book is Into the Maelstrom: Improvisation, Music and the Dream of Freedom, published in May 2016, and his most recent album is Entities Inertias Faint Beings, released by ROOM40 in June 2016. Professor and Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at University of the Arts London, he is also the co-creator of Sculpture events with artist Rie Nakajima.