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Neural #48 Sound Reconfigurations

04.19.16 | Comment?

Neural Magazine Sound Reconfigurations: Format Resurrection, Itinerant Playback & Sonic Entropy in Neural #51

For issue #51 of Neural Magazine I was commissioned to write an article on masterpieces of sonic entropy. The essay was entitled Sound Reconfigurations: Format Resurrection, Itinerant Playback & Sonic Entropy:

The resurrection of new sonic material from broken records, disintegrated tapes and stuttering CD’s is a practice which is as rich and as long as the history of the formats themselves. For some sound artists, a formats destruction and subsequent reconfiguration is a form of constructive nihilism; a provocation against the value of ubiquitous cultural artefacts and an attack on the commodification of music. Others have focused on the aesthetic ramifications of format reconstitution. They have re-engineered records and CD’s to coax errant mechanical behaviour from playback systems in order to inject chance and accident into their compositions. The sound of material decay has been deployed as a way of intimating aspects of memory and read errors have been aestheticized to locate a new sonic language of clicks, skips and stutters. While some artists would harness the sound of degraded tapes and CDs with minimal intervention, others would wreak havoc on records, intentionally destroying them and then piecing them back together to transform old recordings into new, challenging sound structures.

Neural Magazine Sound Reconfigurations: Format Resurrection, Itinerant Playback & Sonic Entropy in Neural #51

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