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Alice Black, David Toop and Malachy Tallack

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22 July 2018

Episode 472

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Alice Black, co-founder and director of the Alice Black gallery, joins us to discuss a season of performance art that’s taking over the space. We also hear from musical polymath David Toop on the occasion of the republication of his literary study into ambience, ‘Oceans of Sound’. Plus, we talk to author and writer Malachy Tallack about how his background on the Shetland Islands came to inform his latest novel.

22 July 2018

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Chapter 1

Introduction

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Fernando Augusto Pacheco looks ahead to next week with Tom Edwards and Augustin Macellari.

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Chapter 2

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Alice Black

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Alice Black, co-founder and director of the Alice Black gallery in London’s Soho, talks about ‘Desire and Menace: Ritual in Contemporary Performance Art’, an ongoing season of performance that aims to challenge conceptions, and fill a gap in the art world’s traditionally dry summer.

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David Toop

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David Toop’s book, ‘Ocean of Sound’, opened up new vistas of possibility – both literary and musical – when it was first published more than 20 years ago. As it gets republished, we hear about how the musical landscape has shifted since then.

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Malachy Tallack

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Malachy Tallack’s latest novel, ‘The Valley at the Centre of the World’, draws on his extensive experience of life on the remote Shetland Islands to paint a haunting picture of the strong bonds of small communities.

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