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Re: [microsound] artificats?
This whole argument sounds like it is from the late 1800's when there was the introduction to recordings.
Is it live or memorex?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Hopkins" <jhopkins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: microsound <microsound@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: [microsound] artificats?
> Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 13:11:32 -0700
> > A compact disc containing a recording of a piano concerto is not
> > a piano concerto. Is the piano concerto the cultural artifact?
> > the CD? both? As cultural practitioners, which one do we care
> > about more? I'd argue that the CD is a function of the particular
> > material emphasis of our current times, and that we care much
> > more about the piano concerto itself than about the shiny plastic
> > disc.
> A map is not the territory -- the CD re-creation of the concerto is
> NOT the Concerto. It is a re-creation, a re-production, a
> re-ductive simulation of living, present interaction -- as a social
> system, we evolve more and more towards systems of interaction
> which are becoming more mediated and more dependent on complex
> social systems (recording, distribution systems, for example, and
> their attendant political/economic drivers) through which to
> interact. Extrapolating this technological/social development
> further alienates the individual from his/her immediate
> surroundings and especially from the individuals who are
> immediately around...
> that's why I suggested the idea of live performance -- suggesting
> for those of you who are feeling put-down by the system of
> (expensive) recording and distribution -- to look to your immediate
> surroundings for possibilities of using your art to exchange
> creative energies locally... just a thought...
> it does so happen, that in the age of heavy mediation, perversely,
> your immediate surrounding does include this list... but isn't a
> conversation about sonic art much better over a beer f2f? just
> like having a laptopper demo/discuss/trouble-shoot his/her work
> for/with you f2f...
> That materialization of individual human life is exactly what Marx
> was talking about -- he predicted the alienation increasing as
> technological society continued to evolve...
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