Country:   England
URL:   http://www.davidtoop.com/
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Born near London in 1949, David Toop is a musician, writer and sound curator. He has published three books, currently translated into six languages: Rap Attack (now in its third edition), Ocean of Sound, and Exotica (selected as a winner of the 21st annual American Books Awards for 2000). His first album, New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments, was released on Brian Eno's Obscure label in 1975; since 1995 he has released six solo albums - Screen Ceremonies, Pink Noir, Spirit World, Museum of Fruit, Hot Pants Idol and 37th Floor At Sunset: Music For Mondophrenetic - and curated five acclaimed CD compilations for Virgin Records - Ocean of Sound, Crooning On Venus, Sugar and Poison, Booming On Pluto and Guitars On Mars. In 1998 he composed the soundtrack for Acqua Matrix, the outdoor spectacular that closed every night of Lisbon Expo '98 from May until September. He has recorded shamanistic ceremonies in Amazonas, appeared on Top Of The Pops with The Flying Lizards, worked with musicians including Brian Eno, John Zorn, Prince Far I, Jon Hassell, Derek Bailey, Talvin Singh, Evan Parker, Max Eastley, Scanner, Ivor Cutler, Haruomi Hosono, Jin Hi Kim and Bill Laswell, and collaborated with artists from many other disciplines, including theatre director/actor Steven Berkoff, Japanese Butoh dancer Mitsutaka Ishii, sound poet Bob Cobbing visual artist John Latham, filmmaker Jae-eun Choi and author Jeff Noon. As a critic and columnist he has written for many publications, including The Wire, The Face, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Arena, Vogue, Spin, GQ, Bookforum, Urb, Black Book, The New York Times and The Village Voice. He has curated Sonic Boom, the UK's largest ever exhibition of sound art, displayed at the Hayward Gallery, London, from April to June, 2000. In 2001-02 he was sound curator for Radical Fashion, an exhibition of work by designers including Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe, Martin Margiela and Hussein Chalayan, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2001-2002 and featuring music by Björk, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Akira Rabelais, Paul Schütze and others. Other recent projects include the composition of a soundtrack for Mondophrenetic, a CD-ROM installation created in Belgium and exhibited in Brussels and Santiago, and 'Needle In the Groove', a collaborative album with novelist Jeff Noon, released on Scanner's Sulphur label in May 2000. In January 2000 he exhibited the sound installation 'Dreaming of Inscription On Skin' with Max Eastley at ICC in Tokyo; in April 2001 he created sound collages for the Hayward Gallery's Brassai exhibition; in June 2002 his Ocean Volumes installation was exhibited in the WAV festival in Bruges, Belgium; in 2001/2002 he curated a double CD of English experimental music for the Leonardo Music Journal issue, Not Necessarily English Music, published by MIT. Siren Space, his composition for tug boats, electronics, text and the solo saxophone of Lol Coxhill, was performed on the River Thames as the climax of the Thames Festival in 2002. Currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Sound Department of the London Institute, he is writing a new book about human physicality, digital music, sound and listening. His latest album is Black Chamber, released by Sub Rosa in February 2003. (from stalk.net - Accessed 12.10.06)
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      Worktype Info Year Country Admin
Ocean of Sound Album Virgin Records England Edit
Crooning On Venus Album Virgin Records England Edit
Sugar and Poison Album Virgin Records England Edit
Booming On Pluto Album Virgin Records England Edit
Guitars On Mars Album Virgin Records England Edit
Field Workings Temporary Sculptural Works Dartmoor, Cornwall England Edit
Pass The Distance Album - 1970 England Edit
Rain in the Face Improvising Duo - 1970 England Edit
New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments Album - 1975 England Edit
Screen Ceremonies Album - 1995 England Edit
Pink Noir Album - 1997 England Edit
Acqua Matrix Soundtrack / Installation Lisbon Expo 98 1998 Portugal Edit
Spirit World Album - 1999 England Edit
Sonic Boom: The Art of Sound, Curation Hayward Gallery 2000 England Edit
Needle In the Groove album released on Scanners Sulphur label 2000 England Edit
Museum of Fruit Album - 2001 England Edit
Mondophrenetic CD-ROM installation Brussels and Santiago 2001 Chile Edit
Unknown sound collages Soundwork Brassai, Hayward Gallery 2001 England Edit
Not Necessarily English Music Compilation MIT 2001 USA Edit
White Powder/The Spiders Performance SOUND TRAVELS,Toronto 2001 Canada Edit
Dreaming of Inscription On Skin Installation ICC, Tokyo 2002 Japan Edit
Ocean Volumes Installation WAV festival in Bruges, Belgium 2002 Belgium Edit
Siren Space composition Thames Festival, London. 2002 England Edit
Black Chamber Album Sub Rosa SR205 2003 England Edit
Hot Pants Idol Album - 2003 England Edit
Haunted Weather: Music, Silence and Memory Double Album Staubgold 2004 England Edit
Breath-Taking Album Confront 2004 England Edit
Doll Creature Album Bip-Hop 2004 England Edit
37th Floor At Sunset: Music For Mondophreneti CD Sub Rosa SR163 2005 England Edit
Unknown Installation John Latham’s Lisson Gallery exhibition, God Is Great and Belief Systems As Such 2005 England Edit
retrospective of Bob Cobbings work Curation Bury Art Gallery, Lancashire 2005 England Edit
Playing John Cage Curation Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol 2005 England Edit
Sound Out Co-curation Cork 2005 Ireland Edit