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Esther Venrooij – Probing things. A journey through music and sound art

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Esther Venrooij – Probing things. A journey through music and sound art

Onomatopoeia, ISBN: 978-9493148277, English, 144 pages, 2020, Netherlands

Esther Venrooij wrote this book in the style of a personal narrative, seamlessly combining events and inner thoughts with concepts, theories, facts, and descriptions of artworks and strategies. She finds it easy to draw the reader into her perspective, which develops through interests, curiosity and appropriate relationships. The range of attitudes she embodies, from composing to performing to creating works of art, are presented here fully and gracefully as the unique result of her life and work. The (re)construction of auditory spaces, which was the subject of his doctoral thesis, produces a resounding argument that comes in various manifestations. In particular, the author establishes a topography of sounds and their different properties as described by authors and used by artists. The third dimension is therefore always present, explicitly or implicitly. It is important to note that the book is accompanied by interesting appendices which present not only the work of the artist in various forms, including the places where she made targeted field recordings, but also a series of reference lists. : artists, books, songs and films with an unconventional and very entertaining index built around the word “sound”. Images are also reproduced in a different color throughout the text. Pocket-sized and beautifully designed, this is a remarkable book for sound art and culture.