Fireside Chat

David Toop

60 minsFirst aired 11 Dec 2017
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.


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

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