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In 1998 music critic, DJ and video essayist Kodwo Eshun proposed this concept in his book "More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction". Originally, he did so in order to explicate the manifold connections between Afrofuturism and Techno, connecting them to Jazz, Breakbeat and Electronica. His argument, his narrations and his explorative language operations however inspired researchers, artists, and scholars since then. Sonic Fiction became a myth and a mantra, a keyword and a magical spell.
This book provides a basic introduction to sonic fiction. In six chapters it explicates the inspirations for and the transformations of this concept; it explores applications and extrapolations in sound art and sonic theory, in musicology, epistemology, in critical and political theory. Sonic fiction is presented in this book as a heuristic for critique and activism.
Extradition: What Is Sonic Fiction?
A Force of Liberation
More Like a Group of Otoliths
1. Sonic Thinking: A Mixillogic MythScience of Mutantextures
The Mythscience of Sonic Warfare
The Mixillogics of Sonic Epistemologies
The Mutantextures of Sonic Possible Worlds
What Is Sonic Thinking?
2. Social Progress: Sensibilities of the Implex
The Dialectics of the Implex
Even Wrong Ideas Can Be Made True
3. Black Aurality: Alien Sonic Nontologies
The Diffraction of Mythscience
Alter Nation, AlterDestiny & Autohistoria
4. Sensory Epistemologies: Syrrhesis and Sensibility
The Body of the Researcher
Beyond the Idiosyncrasy of Logocentrism
5. Acid Communism: A Haunted Utopia of Sound
Anticipation and Compulsion
Ghosts of Our Times
Theories That Are Embodied
6. NON: Ultrablack Resistance
Inconclusion: Six Heuristics for Critique and Activism
Sonic Fiction as Activism
Sonic Fiction as Critique
Heuristics of the Sonic
The first academic overview of one of the most advanced and controversial approaches to sound studies, offering insight into its background, history, the present discourse surrounding it, and its likely future impact.