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Re: [microsound] Socio/political implications of microsound music?

Not sure which books you paraphrased that from, though I agree with  
it, but if you used your own reasoning you'd have noted that a cheap  
second hand PC and a free copy of Pure data is well within the budget  
of most 'revolutionaries'.


On 29 Jun 2006, at 14:21, Jon wrote:

> Dear PBJ,
> No -- sorry -- but I have no faith that Microsound has any profound  
> social/political implications implicit within the form.  To an  
> extent I'd say this is true of all modern music styles.  Especially  
> nowadays, no group (or set of performative/creative/consumptive  
> practises) has any real ideological claim over a style of art.
> I will also say, anticipating (perhaps wrongly - if so, excuse me)  
> that you mean Microsound has a progressive social/political agenda,  
> that you see much more Microsound being made by people with a  
> privileged background (bourgeois artistic sensibilities), and the  
> form is not unkind to latté-sipping beatniks... very few of whom  
> could be seen as 'revolutionaries'.  The truth is that artistic  
> radicals are most often aesthetes and while they may dabble in  
> political conscience, it's not the weight behind their art -  
> especially the wordless, insular art of Microsound, which is  
> predominantly composed on late-model laptop/desktop computers by  
> people who can afford them (ie. not factory workers).  As far as I  
> know it's mostly consumed through boutique retail and online outlets.
> Don't get me wrong - I really like it - but I have certainly grown  
> wary of artists and fans who attach an excess of political meaning  
> to artworks which have really little to do with any of it.  And of  
> course, 100% personal opinion.
> $0.02 ...
> Jon
>> Dear m'sounders
>> Sorry if that sounds like an essay title. I was wondering if  
>> anyone thought there was an explicit or even implicit  
>> sociopolitical aspect of microsound/digital music. For example,  
>> the way that lots of experimental music in the 60's was interested  
>> in non-hierarchical social and political structures which was  
>> reflected in the way that music was composed, created and consumed.
>> Discuss!
>> PBJ
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