Brandon LaBelle








Authored books:

"Sonic Agency: Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance" (Goldsmiths / MIT Press, London, 2018). info

"Room Tone" (Errant Bodies Press, Berlin, 2016). info

"Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art" Second Edition (Bloomsbury, 2015). info / download new chapter

"Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary" (Bloomsbury, 2014). info / download Introduction

"Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian" (Errant Bodies Press, Berlin, 2012). info / download

"Handbook for the Itinerant" (Sideways, Belgium, 2012). download

"Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life" (Continuum Books, 2010). info

"Radio Memory " (Errant Bodies Press, Berlin, 2008). info / download

"Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art" (Continuum Books, 2006). info

"Site Specific Sound" (Errant Bodies Press, 2004).

Books edited:

"Magic Block: Contemporary Art from Chile", with Soledad Garcia (Errant Bodies Press, Berlin / Gallery 3,14 Bergen, 2015).

"Site of Sound: Of Architecture and the Ear, Vol. 2", with Claudia Martinho (Errant Bodies Press, Berlin, 2011).

"Manual for the construction of a sound as a device to elaborate social connection" (Errant Bodies Press, Berlin & Atelier Nord, Oslo, 2010).

"Manual for the construction of a cart as a device to elaborate social connection", with Octavio Camargo (Errant Bodies Press, Berlin & Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, 2009).

"Radio Territories", with Erik Granly Jensen (Errant Bodies Press, Berlin, 2007).

"Surface Tension Supplement No. 1", with Ken Ehrlich (Errant Bodies Press, Berlin, 2006).

"Surface Tension: Problematics of Site", with Ken Ehrlich (Errant Bodies Press, Los Angeles, 2003).

"Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language", with Christof Migone (Errant Bodies Press, Los Angeles, 2001).

"Site of Sound: Of Architecture and the Ear", with Steve Roden (Errant Bodies Press, Los Angeles, 1999).

Articles in edited books:

"An Ecology of Noise: Three Orientiations”, in Navigating Noise, eds. Nathanja van Dijk, Kersten Ergenziger, et al. Verlag Walther König, Cologne, 2017.

"The Strangely Overheard: Overhearing and the Condition of the Global Subecjt", in Rethinking Density: Art, Culture, and Urban Practices, eds. Anamarija Batista, Szilvia Kovács, Carina Lesky, Sternberg Press / Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, 2017.

"On the overheard", in Unlaute: Noise/Geräusch in Kultur, Medien und Wissenschaften seit 1900, eds. Sylvia Mieszkowski and Sigrid Nieberle, transcript verlag, Bielefel, 2017.

"Lecture on Shared Space", in The Listening Reader, Cours de Poetiques, London, 2016.

"Restless Acoustics, Emergent Publics", in The Sounding Arts, edited Marcel Corbussen, Vincent Mellberg, Barry Truax, Routledge, London, 2016.

"Sharing Architeture: Space, Time and the Aesthetics of Pressure", in Raumverschiebung: Black Box - White Cube, edited Verena Eitel and Beatrix von Pilgrim, Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim, 2014.

"The Uses of Cage – Walks, Silences, Scores and Other Acts of De-Centering", in Cage & Consequences, edited Julia H. Schröder and Volker Straebel; Wolke Verlag, Hofheim, 2012; 249-255. download

"Auditory Relations", in The Sound Studies Reader, edited Jonathan Sterne; Routledge, London, 2012; 468-74.

"Noise, Over-Hearing, and John Cage's 4'33", in Sounds Like Silence, edited Inke Arns and Dieter Daniels; Spector Books, Leipzig, 2012; 45-52.

"On Maryanne Amacher", in Sound: Documents of Contemporary Art, edited Caleb Kelly; Whitechapel/The MIT Press, London & Cambridge, MA, 2011; 204-06.

"Sonic Spatialities", in The Morning Line, edited Daniela Zyman; Thyssen-Bornemisza, Vienna, 2001; 15-20.

"Raw Orality: Sound Poetry and Live Bodies", in Voice: Vocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media, edited Norie Neumark, Ross Gibson, and Theo van Leeuwen; The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2010; 147-73. info/download

"Untying the Tongue: the Promise of the Voice from Vibrespace to Public Space", in Immediacy and Non-Simultaneity: Utopia of Sound, edited Diedrich Diedrichsen and Constanze Ruhm; Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, 2010; 127-41.

“Sound as Hinge”, in Esemplasticism: The Truth is a Compromise, Club Transmediale catalogue, Berlin, 2010. download

"A Sonorous Body", in Nordic Sound Art, edited Rune Søchting; Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, 2009; 12-18.

"Corps et oralité à l'époque des nouveaux médias", in Poétique(s) du numérique, edited Sophie Gosselin and Frank Cormerais; Collection L’électron musagète, France, 2008; 109-21.

"Genet on Holiday, or proposals for a dirty ear", in Playing with Words: The spoken word in artistic practice, edited Cathy Lane; CRiSAP, London, 2008; 16-21.

"Transmission Culture", in Re-Inventing Radio: Aspects of Radio as Art, edited Heidi Grundmann; Revolver, Frankfurt, 2008; 63-87.

"Street Noise: on the contours of public sound", in Performance Design, edited Dorita Hannah; Museum Tusculanum Press, Denmark, 2008; 159-179.

"Performing Geometry: Music’s Affair with Numbers, Systems, and Procedures", in Beyond Geometry: Art and Mathematics 1950 –1980, edited Lynn Zelevansky; LA County Museum of Art/The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2004; 129-34.

"Pillow Talk", in Kunst-Stimmen, edited Doris Kolesch; Theater der Zeit, Free University, Berlin, 2004; 102-12.

"Unstable Volumes", in Soundspace: architecture of sound and vision, edited Peter Greuneisen; Birkhauser publishers, Basel, 2003; 88-98.

"Field Recording in an Expanded Field", in Amplitude of Chance, edited Minoru Sato; Kawasaki City Museum, Japan, 2002; 28-35.

"Music to the Nth Degree", in Experimental Sound & Radio, edited Allen S. Weiss; The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001; 167-75.

"System, Intervention, and Ethics of Art Production", in Achim Wollscheid: Selected Works; SELEKTION, Frankfurt, 2001.

Articles in journals:

"The Ghost Seminar"; CounterText, Volume 2, Issue 3 (Dec 2016)

"Acoustic Spatiality"; SIC - Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation; 2012; on-line.

"Sharing Architecture: Space, Time and the Aesthetics of Pressure"; Journal of Visual Culture, Vol 10, No 2; 2011; 177-89.

"Other Acoustics"; Oase: Immersed - Sound & Architecture, No. 78; 2009; 14-24. download

"Pump up the Bass! Rhythm, Cars, and Auditory Scaffolding"; The Senses and Society, Vol. 2, No. 3; 2008; 187-205.

"e+l: Toward an intimate architecture"; with Ehrlich, Ken; parallax 42, Vol 13; 2007; 74-87.

"Short Circuit: Sound Art and the Museum”; Journal BOL, No. 6., Insa Art Space, Korea; 2007; 155-175.

"Phantom Radio", Organised Sound, Vol. 11, No. 1; 2006; 19-27.

"Exploring ‘an area of outstanding unnatural beauty’: a treasure hunt around King’s Cross, London"; with Battista, K., Penner, B., Pile, S., and Rendell, J.; Cultural Geographies, Vol. 12, No. 4; 2005; 429-62.

"Vandalism and Audio Complaints"; Sound Art: Resonance Supplement; 2005; 34-43.

"Sonic Geographies"; Era 21: architecture journal; 2004; 52-65.

"Sound as space creator"; Soundscape: journal of acoustic ecology, fall/winter; 2004; 32-40.

"Reading Between the Lines: Word as Conceptual Project", Performance Research, Vol. 7; 2002; 47-53.

Other editorial:

Founding editor, Errant Bodies Press; 1995 - current. (

Soundscape Journal: special issue on sound and technology; with Breitsameter, Sabine; World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, Vancouver; 2002; 84 pages.

Other - monographs on artistic work:

"Brandon LaBelle: Overheard and Interrupted" (les presses du réel, Dijon, 2016). info

"Live Bootleg – Brandon LaBelle", edited Yvan Etienne (les presses du réel, Dijon, 2008). info

CD releases :

The Sonic Body (Errant Bodies, 2011)

Lecture on Nothing (Errant Bodies, 2011)

dirty ear (Errant Bodies, 2008)

Radio Flirt (with James Webb) (Room 40, 2008)

Concert (Sirr-ecords, 2004)

Death of the Composer, Social Music book/CD (Errant Bodies, 2002)

Techné (La Bruit Secret, 2001)

Shadow of a shadow (SELEKTION, 2001)

Automatic Radio (Fringes Recordings, 2001)

Music on a Short Thin Wire (Ground Fault Recordings, 2001)

Text=CD (Errant Bodies, 2000)

The Opening of The Field (with s. roden) (Digital Narcis label, 2000)

Maps of Tenderness (SELEKTION, 1999)

The House Was Quiet and The World Was Calm (with s. roden) (Meme label, 1999)