Key resources/reading list:
— This list is work in progress from last year. For those interested in getting historical context for sonic arts, I highly recommend Audio Culture by Cox and Warner. Many of the texts appear to be available on http://monoskop.org/Monoskop although I’m not sure about the copyright status.
Drone– Eliane Radigue / Glitch – Kim Cascone / Soundscape – Luc Ferrari / Conceptual – Susan Philipsz / Early Electroacoustic Music – Karlheinz Stockhausen & Pierre Schaeffer / Feedback & acoustics – Alvin Lucier / Sound Sculptures – Max Eastly
A playlist of versions of John Cage’s 4’33” – the “silent piece” (more info here):
This is some information on R. Murray Schafer and the notion of soundscape: http://ardisson.net/a/?p=180
And finally, a documentary from the BBC on the notion of silence: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06386cs