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There is no soundtrack – Rethinking art, media, and the audio-visual contract - Manchester Scholarship Online
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There is no soundtrack: Rethinking art, media, and the audio-visual contract

Ming-Yuen S. Ma


There is no soundtrack is a specific yet expansive study of sound tactics deployed in experimental media art today. It analyses how audio and visual elements interact and produce meaning, drawing from works by contemporary media artists ranging from Chantal Akerman, to Nam June Paik, to Tanya Tagaq. It then links these analyses to discussions on silence, voice, noise, listening, the soundscape, and other key ideas in sound studies. In making these connections, the book argues that experimental media art – avant-garde film, video art, performance, installation, and hybrid forms – produces radic ... More

Keywords: (sound) studies, experimental (media), art, diversity, feminism, queer, race, postcolonialism, performance, music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526142122
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526142139


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ming-Yuen S. Ma, author
Pitzer College