David Toop

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David Toop
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David Toop (born 1949) has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening, music and materials since 1970. This encompasses improvised music performance, writing, electronic sound, field recording, exhibition curating, sound art installations and opera. It includes eight acclaimed books, including Rap Attack (1984), Ocean of Sound (1995), Sinister Resonance (2010), Into the Maelstrom (2016), Flutter Echo, a memoir first published in Japan in 2017 (May 2019) and Inflamed Invisible: Writing On Art and Sound 1976-2018 (November 2019).

Briefly a member of David Cunningham’s pop project The Flying Lizards in 1979, he has released fifteen solo albums, from New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments on Brian Eno’s Obscure label (1975) and Sound Body on David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label (2006) to Entities Inertias Faint Beings (2016), Apparition Paintings and Field recording and Fox Spirits (2020) on Lawrence English’s ROOM40. His 1978 Amazonas recordings of Yanomami shamanism and ritual were released on Sub Rosa as Lost Shadows (2016). In recent years his collaborations include Rie Nakajima, Akio Suzuki, Tania Caroline Chen, John Butcher, Ken Ikeda, Elaine Mitchener, Henry Grimes, Sharon Gal, Camille Norment, Sidsel Endresen, Alasdair Roberts, Fred Frith, Thurston Moore, Ryuichi Sakamoto and a revived Alterations, the iconoclastic improvising quartet with Steve Beresford, Peter Cusack and Terry Day first formed in 1977. Curator of sound art exhibitions including Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery (2000), his opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012. He is currently Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.
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obscure no. 4 David Toop - New And Rediscovered Musical Instruments album art David Toop / Max Eastley David Toop / Max Eastley - New And Rediscovered Musical Instruments (Album) Obscure (2), Island Records obscure no. 4 UK 1975 Sell This Version
BEAD 6 David Toop - Cholagogues album art Nestor Figueras, David Toop, Paul Burwell Nestor Figueras, David Toop, Paul Burwell - Cholagogues (Album) Bead Records BEAD 6 UK 1977 Sell This Version
QMC 1 David Toop - Burwell / Toop album art Burwell* / Toop* Burwell* / Toop* - Burwell / Toop(Cass, Album) Quartz-Mirliton Cassettes QMC 1 UK 1977 Sell This Version
!QUARTZ 003 David Toop - Wounds album art David Toop / Paul Burwell David Toop / Paul Burwell - Wounds (Album) Quartz Publications !QUARTZ 003 UK 1979 Sell This Version
!QUARTZ 005 David Toop - Whirled Music album art Max Eastley / Steve Beresford / Paul Burwell / David Toop Max Eastley / Steve Beresford / Paul Burwell / David Toop - Whirled Music Quartz Publications !QUARTZ 005 UK 1980 Sell This Version
INCUS 33 David Toop - Circadian Rhythm album art Paul Burwell / Hugh Davies / Max Eastley / Paul Lovens / Paul Lytton / Annabel Nicolson / Evan Parker / David Toop Paul Burwell / Hugh Davies / Max Eastley / Paul Lovens / Paul Lytton / Annabel Nicolson / Evan Parker / David Toop - Circadian Rhythm(LP) Incus INCUS 33 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Y 13 David Toop - Imitation Of Life album art Tristan Honsinger / Steve Beresford / Toshinori Kondo / David Toop Tristan Honsinger / Steve Beresford / Toshinori Kondo / David Toop - Imitation Of Life(LP, Album) Y Records Y 13 UK 1981 Sell This Version
NATO 950 David Toop - Deadly Weapons album art Steve Beresford / David Toop / John Zorn / Tonie Marshall Steve Beresford / David Toop / John Zorn / Tonie Marshall - Deadly Weapons (Album) Nato NATO 950 France 1986 Sell This Version
RBADCD6 David Toop - Buried Dreams album art David Toop And Max Eastley David Toop And Max Eastley - Buried Dreams (Album) Beyond RBADCD6 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Wire 9001 David Toop - Screen Ceremonies album art David Toop Screen Ceremonies(CD, Album) The Wire Editions Wire 9001 UK 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 42078 2 3 David Toop - Pink Noir album art David Toop Pink Noir(CD, Album) Virgin 7243 8 42078 2 3 UK 1996 Sell This Version
AMBT22, 7243 8 44748 2 9 David Toop - Spirit World album art David Toop Spirit World(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin AMBT22, 7243 8 44748 2 9 UK 1997 Sell This Version
CAI2022 David Toop - Museum Of Fruit album art David Toop Museum Of Fruit(CD, Album) Caipirinha Productions CAI2022 US 1999 Sell This Version
bar 020 David Toop - Hot Pants Idol album art David Toop Hot Pants Idol(CD, Album) Barooni bar 020 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
SULCD004 David Toop - Needle In The Groove album art Jeff Noon & David Toop Jeff Noon & David Toop - Needle In The Groove Sulphur Records SULCD004 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SR163 David Toop - 37th Floor At Sunset - Music For Mondophrenetic™ album art David Toop 37th Floor At Sunset - Music For Mondophrenetic™(CD, Album) Sub Rosa SR163 Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
EDRM401 David Toop - A Picturesque View, Ignored album art Toop* + Scanner + I/O3 Toop* + Scanner + I/O3 - A Picturesque View, Ignored(CD, Album) Room40 EDRM401 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
SR205 David Toop - Black Chamber album art David Toop Black Chamber(CD, Album) Sub Rosa SR205 Belgium 2003 Sell This Version
[Bleep 25] David Toop - Doll Creature album art Max Eastley, David Toop Max Eastley, David Toop - Doll Creature(CD, Album) BiP_HOp [Bleep 25] France 2004 Sell This Version
sound cd ss009 David Toop - Sound Body album art David Toop Sound Body(CD, Album) Samadhisound sound cd ss009 UK & US 2007 Sell This Version
at36 David Toop - Wunderkammern album art Rhodri Davies - Lee Patterson - David Toop Rhodri Davies - Lee Patterson - David Toop - Wunderkammern(CD, Album) Another Timbre at36 UK 2010 Sell This Version
SRV379 David Toop - Lost Shadows: In Defence Of The Soul (Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 1978) album art David Toop Lost Shadows: In Defence Of The Soul (Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 1978)(LP, Album, RE, RM) Sub Rosa SRV379 Belgium 2015 Sell This Version
VF140 Live 2, none David Toop - Live At White Cube album art David Toop Live At White Cube(LP, Album, Ltd) The Vinyl Factory, White Cube VF140 Live 2, none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none David Toop - Entities Inertias Faint Beings album art David Toop Entities Inertias Faint Beings (Album) Room40 none Australia 2016 Sell This Version
SRV414 David Toop - Life On The Inside album art David Toop Life On The Inside(LP, Ltd) Sub Rosa SRV414 Belgium 2016 Sell This Version