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Soundsites: Max Neuhaus, Site-Specificity, and the Materiality of Sound as Place

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dc.contributor.advisor Uroskie, Andrew V en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Patterson, Zabet en_US
dc.contributor.author Eppley, Charles en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Art History and Criticism en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:50:54Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:50:54Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/76660 en_US
dc.description 334 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract The dissertation examines the sound-based artworks, or sound works, of the experimental musician and installation artist Max Neuhaus (1939-2009). This analysis accounts for the diverse roles of sound as an artistic medium in postwar American music, performance, and environmental art, 1958-1980. The dissertation provides a detailed overview of the musical performances, anti-musical compositions, and post-musical installations of Neuhaus and others to situate sound against dominant historical and theoretical accounts of site-specific and environmental art. The dissertation begins with an analysis of Neuhaus’s tutelage and departure from new music composers John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, 1958-1968, and assesses the diverse artistic, social, and institutional developments of the artist’s innovative practice of sound installation. The dissertation orients sound installation, and its origin in percussion performance, as a convergence of postwar avant-garde art and music. In particular, this research describes how sound installation anticipated the spatial, temporal and phenomenological conditions of 1970s site-specific art. The dissertation also examines Neuhaus’s use of printed matter and electronic media, including electronic circuits, phonography, telephone networks, and radio broadcasting, as a nascent model for networked aesthetics. This framework illustrates how the concepts of site and place are conditioned by distributed media environments. Finally, the dissertation proposes a new model of unfixed site-specificity to account for the fluidity of sound in complex material and virtual forms, redefining boundaries of music, sculpture, and public art. In this sonic frame, the act of listening is revealed as an essential paradigm for understanding the concepts of site, materiality, and place in postwar American art. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Art history -- Music -- Acoustics en_US
dc.subject.other Environmental Art, Experimental Music, Fluxus, John Cage, Max Neuhaus, Sound Art en_US
dc.title Soundsites: Max Neuhaus, Site-Specificity, and the Materiality of Sound as Place en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Bogart, Michele H. Cox, Christoph. en_US

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