The Second Sound

The Second Sound
Author: Julia Eckhardt and Leen De Graeve (eds.)
Publisher: Umland editions
Language: English
Pages: 161
Size: 22x 16 cm
Weight: 300 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9789082649512
Price: €15.00
Product Description

The Second Sound is an imaginary conversation between musicians and sound artists on the role of gender and sex within their field. Gathering testimonies from artists of different backgrounds into a single stream of (often contrary) opinions, the text addresses discrimination as a paradigm of otherness, the possibility of gendered music and sound art, and how sound artists and musicians navigate the field.

The text raises questions such as: How do life circumstances find their way into music and sound art? How does music reflect historical and social structures? What does discrimination do, and how can we navigate around it? Is the under-representation of women and LGBTQ people in the field a symptom or a cause? Is art itself gendered? And can it reflect the gender of its maker? Is a different way of listening needed to more accurately understand those voices from outside the historical canon?

Although this book raises more questions than it answers, it came to be a pledge for embracing artistic differences, for the richness of contextual listening, and for honesty in the expression of concerns and doubts. The responses seem to suggest that understanding differences by theme and not as predetermination is a way to provide freedom in a field of seemingly abstract art.

The Second Sound is a project by Julia Eckhardt and Leen De Graeve. It is published by umland editions, and produced by Q-O2 workspace Brussels, with design by Maaike Beuten/garage64.