Date: 8th October, 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30pm
Venue : M6094 Future Cinema Studio (6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre)
This year marks the 30th anniversary of David Toop’s first authored book The Rap Attack: African Jive to New York Hip Hop, which is widely considered to be the first critical analysis of Hip Hop music and its African heritage. Since then he has distinguished himself as one of the most significant authors and critic of sound art and music. Parallel to his writing, he has continued to compose music, perform internationally, and lead weekly workshop on improvisation with students. In this lecture SCM faculty Takuro Mizuta will engage in a conversation with Toop and facilitate an open discussion with the audience.
David Toop is Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at University of the Arts London. A composer/musician, author and curator based in London, he has worked in many fields of sound art and music, including improvisation, sound installations, field recordings, pop music production, music for television, theatre and dance. 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, and performed with artists ranging from John Zorn, Evan Parker, Bob Cobbing and Ivor Cutler to Akio Suzuki, Elaine Mitchener, Lore Lixenberg, Scanner and Max Eastley. He has published five books, including Rap Attack, Ocean of Sound, Haunted Weather, and Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener, released eight solo albums, including Screen Ceremonies, Black Chamber and Sound Body, and as a critic has written for many publications, including The Wire, The Face, Leonardo Music Journal and Bookforum. Exhibitions he has curated include Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, London, Playing John Cage at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Blow Up at Flat-Time House, London. His opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in September 2012 and his collaborative work – Who will go mad with me – was developed and performed with Alasdair Roberts, Sylvia Hallett and Luke Fowler at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2013. Currently writing Into the Maelstrom: Improvisation, Music and the Dream of Freedom, he is also the co-creator of Sculpture events with artist Rie Nakajima.