TACET – Sound in the Arts
issue 4: “Sounds of Utopia”

TACET – Sound in the Arts
issue 4: “Sounds of Utopia”

Haute école des arts du Rhin

Galaxy cover, January 1951. Courtesy of E. J. Gold.
January 19, 2016
TACET – Sound in the Arts issue 4: “Sounds of Utopia”


Bilingual (English / French), 16 x 23 cm (softcover), 560 pages (b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-84066-777-3 / 20 EUR

Utopia belongs to those concepts that haunt both the history of ideas and the history of artistic practice. In this fourth issue, TACET sets off to listen to the sounds of utopia emerging from sound art and experimental music, but also from sound design and our everyday use of sound technology. Mixing science-fiction short stories, theoretical analysis and artists’ writings, this issue addresses utopian and dystopian futures of our sound cultures, the experience of other places at work in the schizophonic listening of recording, social and aesthetic implications of the formal principle of closure that characterizes utopia, the critical positions of some experimental musicians in their relationships to the soundscape and musical cultures, and furthermore the role of technology in the imagination of sounds of utopia.

Issue edited by Matthieu Saladin, with texts by Cornelius Cardew, J. G. Ballard, François J. Bonnet, pali meursault, Em’kal Eyongakpa & Amal Alhaag, Scott Gleason, Andy McGraw, Henry Flynt, Christophe Levaux, Francis Heery, Jonathan Sterne, Filipe Barros Beltrao & Andrew Gray, Pascal Broccolichi, Thibault Walter, Anne Zeitz, Loïc Bertrand, Luc Ferrari, Xavier Hug, G Douglas Barrett.


Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR)
Strasbourg–Mulhouse (France)
In 2011, the School of Arts in Mulhouse, the School of Arts and Design in Strasbourg, and the Music Academy and Conservatory in Strasbourg, merged to become HEAR, Haute École des Arts du Rhin.

As a public establishment, HEAR provides higher education courses (equivalent to a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees) in Visual Arts (Art, Art-Object, Graphic Communication, Design, Textile Design, Information Design, Illustration, Scenography) and music (classical, ancient and contemporary music, jazz and improvised music). Based in Mulhouse and Strasbourg, HEAR prepares students towards becoming autonomous creators, authors and musicians able to interpret and invent artistic languages. To offer students the best international experience, HEAR is partners with 90 institutions in 30 countries around the world.

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