As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency.


—John Cage

Charivari Press







Sound by Artists

Dan Lander:

Over the years Dan Lander has earned a living through many occupations. A partial list would include administrative assistant, balloon delivery agent, bobcat operator, bookstore manager, eaves-trough installer, business analyst, cab driver, curator, deputy director of a TV business unit, gardener, farm worker, fork-lift operator, fruit picker, furnace installer, general labourer, media arts granting officer, photographer, rock drill operator, septic tank pump operator, steel worker, teacher, truck driver, factory worker, editor, writer and artist. After attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, he began to make works primarily in sound. His radio art program The Problem with Language (CKLN, Toronto) aired from 1987 to 1991. Published sound works include Zoo (empreintes DIGITALes, 1995), ‘Room’ on Radius #3: transmissions from broadcast artists (¿What Next? Recordings, 1995) and Habitation (Hrönir, 1998). He is co-editor of two anthologies on sound and art (Sound by Artists, 1990 and Radio Rethink: Art, Sound and Transmission, 1994), and his writing is included in the anthology Music is Rapid Transportation (2010). Recently he has returned to photography and has just completed a bookwork entitled in our hearts we hope we never discover everything.


Micah Lexier:

Micah Lexier is a Toronto-based artist, curator, and collector. He has a deep interest in measurement, increment, games, puzzles, found imagery, and the kinds of casual marks we make in our day-to-day lives. He has had over 100 solo exhibitions, participated in almost 200 group exhibitions and produced a dozen permanent public commissions, including the Sheppard and Leslie subway station in Toronto. In the fall of 2013, The Power Plant will be presenting a large survey exhibition of Lexier’s work entitled One, and Two, and More Than Two. Lexier has undertaken a number of collaborations with visual artists, students, family members and writers, including Booker finalist Colm Tóibín, and Griffin Poetry Prize winner Christian Bök. Recent publications include I’m Thinking of A Number, a 30-year survey of Lexier’s ephemera, published by the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and Call Ampersand Response, a collaborative bookwork published this year by Zurich publisher Nieves.  Lexier’s work is in numerous public and corporate collections including The British Museum (London, England), the Contemporary Art Gallery (Sydney, Australia), The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto).


Sound by Artists

facsimile edition


edited by

Dan Lander and Micah Lexier









co-published with

Blackwood Gallery





Out of Print


Sound Art - Music

9781895166286 $19.95 Paperbound 370 pages


—February 2013


 John Cage • Suzanne DelehantyBill Viola

Marysia LewandowskaMax NeuhausChristina Kubisch

Max BruinsmaRichard KostelanetzBruce Barber

Maurizio NannucciGordon MonahanDaina Augaitis

Kevin ConcannanIan MurrayAlvin Lucier

Gregory Whitehead • Mystery Laboratory  • R. Murray Schafer

Annea LockwoodHildegard Westerkamp

 Rod Summers • Ihor Holubizky • Jack Goldstein

Rita McKeoughMoniek Darge & Godfried-Willem Raes

Douglas Kahn • Donal McGraith • Graf Haufen

Stelarc • Christian Marclay



Reviews of the Facsimile Edition:


Editors Lander and Lexier have made a brave attempt to define exactly what “sound by artists” is, collating over 30 essays ranging from interview excerpts with John Cage to art installation literature; discussion over how everyday “noise” constitutes audio art; cassette culture of the 80s; and pioneering tape-splicing the likes of which Steinski helped take overground.

...There’s some seriously good stuff here, though, forcing the reader to think about how they perceive their surroundings, while it also reveals how some seriously forward-thinking brains have freed music-making from the strictures of traditional songwriting.


—Jason Draper, Record Collector, June 2013.


...the art historical essays contain some great writing and provide a context for the emerging thoughts of the time... The pieces from the artists’ end of the spectrum, taking in scores, interviews,documentation of events, theories and outlines of then-ongoing projects, hold up remarkably well. ...The icing on the cake, though, is surely the absurdly extensive list of audio works by artists that concludes the book.


—Matthew Erickson, The Wire, June 2013. reedición del también histórico libro "Sound by Artists",

publicado originalmente en 1990 y editado por Dan Lander y Micah Lexier. Pues bien, hace sólo unos meses la Blackwood Gallery y Charivari Press pusieron a la venta una edición facsímil de este volumen, cuya versión original sólo puede encontrarse a precios astronómicos, y en muy contadas ocasiones. Así que aquellos interesados en leer las contribuciones a este ya clásico volumen de autores como John Cage, Kevin Concannan, Douglas Kahn, Richard Kostelanetz, Christina Kubisch o Annea Lockwood, entre muchos otros, ahora tienen una oportunidad mucho más sencilla para hacerlo


Ars Sonora, Radio Clásica - Radio Nacional de España




Reviews of the 1st Edition:



The 32 contributions cross generations and approaches to sound work—from soundscapes to installations, from radio to cassette publishing. ...this book is worth having. Lander's and Lexier's prolonged efforts are much appreciated.

—Clive Robertson, Fuse, Winter 1991, Vol. 14 No. 3.


...a handsome and highly readable collection of essays, apologia, manifestos, and interviews about sound art. There are historical overviews, surveys of recent work, discussions of copyright (a big issue in the age of digital sampling) and even some recipes for reproducing works of sound art.

—Robert Everett-Green, The Globe & Mail


...the diversity is enormous, both in the documentation of sound art and the number of issues discussed, but it's the inclusion of provocative essays by the likes of Douglas Kahn (an intelligent critique of music being a hindrance to the development of a wider sound art) that really stands out.

—EST Magazine


...this is a valuable collection of articles driven, as Dan Lander says in his preface, 'by the noticeable lack of information and critical analysis regarding an art of sound' despite the 'abundance of activity centred around explorations into sonic expression', and is a useful discussion document for re-visioning what be a more healthy and innovative future for audio art.

—Variant Magazine #13


The editors of Sound By Artists have achieved a high standard of reportage and consistency. As an introduction to audio art as it relates to the history of visual art, their book is engaging and most informative.

—Tony McAuley, Site.