Listen to Simon Reynolds's lecture on the composer and writer David Toop at Off The Page 2012.
While many musicians have written criticism or conceptualised their work, few have operated on both sides off the theory/practice divide so extensively and provocatively as David Toop. Since the 1970s he has been recording and performing both solo and in various collaborations, writing music journalism, and authoring books such as the classic Ocean Of Sound. Toop has also been involved in curation (as with the series of landmark compilations he assembled for Virgin in the 90s) and organisation (as co-founder of the London Musicians Collective and co-editor of Collusion magazine).
In this 'intellectual profile', Simon Reynolds (author of Energy Flash, Rip It Up And Start Again and Retromania) surveys Toop's career, teasing out the philosophical and political implications of his work and attending to its prophetic aspects. A version of this talk also appeared as an essay in The Wire 338.
The Wire and Sound And Music's Off The Page festival took place 24–26 February at The Playhouse Theatre in Whitstable.