Aleks Kolkowski has been recording all manner of contemporary artists with a 1909 Edison wax cylinder phonograph. The results are pretty incredible. I am especially fond of the electronic music section for its historical juxtapositions. (laptop + circuit bent keyboards + who knows?) + cylinder = Meat Sweats Cylinder by phonographies Theremin + cylinder = […]
Background: 0.1. Existing digital humanities work has largely reproduced visualist biases in the humanities: work with images and audiovisual texts has been thus far assumed to be more primary than work with sound as a text. And yet, sound is one of the major areas where huge gains could be made in digital publication. As […]
A week ago today, I visited the World Soundscape Project at Simon Fraser to talk with Barry Truax and his students. For those who read this blog and know me in some other way than as a sound scholar, The WSP and the group of people involved with it — R. Murray Schafer, Barry Truax, […]
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In the comments to the beard/mask post, Mark Walters (hi Mark, yes I remember you!) asks for an update on the mp3 book, with the “of course your health comes first” proviso. I am happy to think of myself as an author rather than a cancer patient, so here’s an update. The book was fully […]
In Sunday’s forthcoming NY Times. I can’t talk much (or really at all on the phone) but I can answer questions over email. The conversation was considerably longer than the quote, of course, but I am interested in the idea of the web as a more or less silent medium that is punctuated by sound. […]
Some questions arrived in the mail this morning from Ekpektatwa, an interdisciplinary arts project in Poland. I decided to warm up by answering them. I think they really wanted an essay, but I went with point form. Sometimes it’s more fun just to answer the questions. 1). What is silence for You? Is it a […]