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Re: [microsound] cultural production in a post-oil economy

John Nowak wrote:

On Feb 11, 2007, at 12:27 PM, Kyle Klipowicz wrote:

On 2/10/07, Kim Cascone <kim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

any thoughts? opinions? view on how electronic (and all forms of
music) will look and feel in a post-oil economy?

This is why I've been playing more guitar lately.

With how the world is nowadays, who says we'll even make it to the post-oil economy? Have we really ruled out nuclear holocaust? There are a thousand interesting ways for civilization as we know it to end. I'm going to keep programming.

the other alternative is to move artistic practices away from power hungry devices and toward low-voltage low-power things. i'm currently building an RGB controllable LED lighting system that puts out an enormous amount of light from a single 500mA 15V DC supply - this is the kind of power consumption it might be feasible to draw from an array of solar panels.

with the proliferation of cellphones, portal media devices, and just portable digital electronics in general, the last few years have seen an explosion in the availability of sophisticated digital devices, including microprocessors, designed to operate on a tiny amount of power. moving towards a solar- or wind-powered digital art practise not only makes environmental sense, it also makes futureproof sense, and even aesthetic sense as well.

Damian Stewart
+64 27 305 4107

f r e y
live music with machines

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