Fireside Chat

David Toop

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60 minsFirst aired 11 Dec 2017Restream Tue 12/25 at 9:00am EST
Jana Ciellino

From writing about ambient techno and rap to being sampled by Björk, one of the UK’s foremost music academics shares his insights.

David Toop is a musician, author, professor and chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication. A regular contributor to British avant-garde music magazine The Wire, he’s regarded as one of the UK’s foremost music academics and journalists. He has published several books, including Ocean of Sound, a poetic exploration of contemporary music from Débussy to ambient techno, and Rap Attack, his pioneering 1984 work on hip-hop. His debut album, New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments, was released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975, and he’s since put out over a dozen solo and collaborative albums, from engrossing found-music projects, like 2016’s Entities Inertias Faint Beings, and snarling rock & roll, like 2017’s Dirty Songs. His 1980 album Hekura, a recording of Yanomami shamanic rituals in South Venezuela, was heavily sampled by Björk for her 2017 release, Utopia.

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Interview by Hanna Bächer
Written and engineered by Hanna Bächer
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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