Reading Around Sound (AK); ‘Copyright doesn’t mean shit to me’ – 17/08/2016

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Reading Around Sound is back.

Join us at the Audio Foundation for Reading Around Sound – a monthly reading group developed in conjunction with Christchurch’s Auricle Sonic Arts gallery. Each month we’ll meet up and discuss specific texts that present ideas, thoughts, and theories in relation to sound activity. All are welcome to attend!

This month’s Reading Around Sound text is Shannon O’Neill’s essay ‘’Copyright doesn’t mean shit to me’: Sampling and Appropriation in Australian Experimental Music and Sound Art.’ The article considers the role of appropriation, sampling, reuse and recontextualization in relation to the development of Australian Experimental music. As much as it is a means to discuss different approaches, histories, and outcomes of sampling and appropriation, this article also offers an excellent overview of the Australian avant-garde. O’Neill’s text, as well as a selection of links to audio files are available here –

For online discussion around these texts, or if you’d like to suggest a text for upcoming consideration please join the Reading Around Sound Facebook group:

Reading Around Sound is a monthly reading group that endeavours to facilitate theoretical and critical engagement in response to contemporary sonic practices and related issues through close reading, and ongoing discussion and debate. It is a shared initiative between the Auricle and the Audio Foundation.