[spectre] LMJ 13 Now Available

LEONARDO (mk) isast at well.com
Mon Jan 19 13:16:06 CET 2004


with CD curated by Philip Sherburne

Despite Thomas Edison's assumption that the gramophone was nothing more
than a sonic autograph album, suitable only for playing back the speeches
of famous people, over the last 100 years recording has radically
transformed the composition, dissemination and consumption of music.
Similarly, the businesslike dots & dashes of Morse and Marconi have evolved
into a music-laden web of radio masts, dishes, satellites, cables and
servers. Sound is encoded in grooves on vinyl, particles on tape and pits
in plastic; it travels as acoustic pressure, electromagnetic waves and
pulses of light.

The rise of the DJ in the last two decades has signaled the arrival of the
medium as the instrument -- the crowning achievement of a generation for
whom tapping the remote control is as instinctive as tapping two sticks
together. Turntables, CD players, radios, tape recorders (and their digital
emulations) are played, not merely heard; scratching, groove noise, CD
glitches, tape hiss and radio interference are the sound of music, not
sound effects. John Cage's 1960 "Cartridge Music" has yet to enter the
charts, but its sounds are growing more familiar.

In this issue of Leonardo Music Journal, the following authors contribute
their thoughts on the role of recording and/or transmission in the
creation, performance and distribution of music: Peter Manning, Yasunao
Tone, Douglas Kahn with Christian Marclay, Nick Collins, David First,
Matthew Burtner, Guy-Marc Hinant, Caleb Stuart, Álvaro Barbosa, Holger
Schulze, Sérgio Freire, Christopher Burns, Michael Bussière, Marlena
Corcoran, Trace Reddell, Tobias C. van Veen.

The accompanying CD includes tracks by AGF, M. Behrens, Alejandra & Aeron,
DAT Politics, Stephan Mathieu, Francisco López, Institut fuer Feinmotorik,
Janek Schaefer, Steve Roden, Scanner, Stephen Vitiello.

Order LMJ13 from the MIT Press by visiting http://mitpress.mit.edu/LMJ or
by contacting journals-orders at mit.edu

More information about this issue, the table of contents, abstracts and
selected texts are available at

More information about the SPECTRE mailing list