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Paperback | $39.95 Trade | £27.95 | ISBN: 9780262611046 | 466 pp. | 6 x 8.8 in | July 1994

Wireless Imagination

Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde


Wireless Imagination addresses perhaps the most conspicuous silence in contemporary theory and art criticism, the silence that surrounds the polyphonous histories of audio art. Composed of both original essays and several newly translated documents, this book provides a close audition to some of the most telling and soundful moments in the "deaf century," conceived and performed by such artists as Raymond Roussel, Antonin Artaud, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton, John Cage, Hugo Ball, Kurt Weill, and William Burroughs.

About the Editor

Douglas KAHN is founding Director of Technocultural Studies at University of California at Davis. He is the author of Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press, 1999).


"Think of this book as a radio station with some really good shows. Think of yourself as a radio."
Joshua Clover, San Francisco Review of Books
"Wireless Imagination is a beautifully produced collection of essays on the interplay between art, noise, experimental music, and technology. . . . An enlightening exploration of a little-known area of art history."
Gareth Branwyn, Wired