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Micro bionic Radical Electronic Music and Sound Art in the 21st CenturyStarting with the guerrilla media tactics of industrial music in the late 1970s this book charts an. I'm glad to have read this book but I didn't love the act of reading it It's about all kinds of avant garde music that I enjoy from Throbbing Gristle to the uieter than thou micro sound movement with detours made for Merzbow Mego synesthesia Whitehouse and The Kingdoms of Elgaland Vargaland and Bailey has an admirable wealth of knowledge and great research skills That said it was still a slog often than not While Experimentalism Otherwise which I read at the same time and loved was written in an academic dry style this book still got bogged down a lot often It felt compelled to explain away every possible criticism of each subgenre which meant contradicting itself from chapter to chapter at times collector culture is bad but Throbbing Gristle did it as art so that was okay and besides you need to hear Francisco Lopez on an uncompressed CD rather than an MP3 except that MP3s are good because some artists given them away for free and people in developing nations can enjoy them and besides there's no reason why sound has to be combined with physical object that's just an outmoded concept from another era except that sometimes it's a really nice art edition and that's cool It reminds me of when Derek Bailey used to change his opinion every few years about what constituted pure improvisation At times only a solo performance was true improv Then it was duos because there's the pure communication between two minds; solo is just wanking But wait no group improv is the only true improv because that's the true egalitarian spirit of collaboration etcIt's good that the book got me riled up at times it's easy to fall into patterns of listening to what you like and what's easy for you by which I mean me I was glad to have certain assumptions challenged and to have to re think my thoughts on certain forms of sound art That's always good That said I think this book was trying to convince me to listen to a lot of drag ass process music because it's slightly radical than other related forms For instance Bailey decided that Pita is a innovative artist than Fennesz because track 2 on Get Out and besides Endless Summer is totally sentimental Just check that title Fair enough but Fennesz's first album hotel paralel was significantly abstract and exciting than Pita's Seven Tons for Free its true contemporary chronologically That Fennesz gets demerits for choosing to wrap his digital abstraction in melodic elements something Pita has done to various degrees later on seemed too much like that old thoroughly disproven saw about how Lennon's the real artist and McCartney just writes dumb pop songs Also the assertion near the end of the book that file sharing and the emphasis on enjoying sound for its own sake without the braggadocio of the collection to show off has brought us to some sort of pure information utopia was way off base It suggests that only listening to downloaded music files will somehow put your closer to the music while reducing the collector's instinct which is not how history has gone at all It's human nature to want to huntgather and also to establish a sort of prestige from it The kids today who don't buy records still have their dick measuring contests in other ways by showing off the contents of their hard drives on file sharing networks or by being the first to find and upload a rare cassette to their MP3 blog To be fair the part about music files being available to poor and developing nations was an angle I hadn't thought of and I'm glad for that but the idea that getting rid of the relic will prevent people from gorging on search and acuisition doesn't match history or the present dayThis is a worthwhile book and there's an updated version of it sold by the author himself which I will pick up and compare to the original it's going to be updated as well as being self published better cover too There's also a second book titled Unofficial Release about the rise of recordings utilizing handmade or unconventional packaging methods

Summary Micro-bionic: Radical Electronic Music and Sound Art in the 21st Century

Micro-bionic: Radical Electronic Music and Sound Art in the 21st Century characters  7 Á Starting with the guerrilla media tactics of industrial music in the late 1970s this book charts an ongoing trend in electronic music including an increasing amount of sonic uality recorded output and inteOngoing trend in electronic music including an increasing amount of sonic uality recorded output and. I'd echo review below dude's smart and this is well researched but this project would've benefited from an editor Also find it weird how he's constantly making jabs at academia while himself taking a consistently hifalutinerudite tone That being said great chapters on Throbbing Gristleindustrial Mego and Extreme Computer Music and weirdinteresting people like John Duncan and Francisco Lopez

Thomas Bey William Bailey í 7 review

International contact accomplished with a decreasing amount of tools personnel and capital investme. This has been kind of useful for chronological purposes But what am I to make of hyperbole like this sentence on p 61 Balance looked especially unsettling with blood dripping from his shaven temples an effect that would have impressed even such celebrated madmen as Antonin ArtaudReallyAnd in the next paragraph every conceivable tone color of analog synthesizer from sepia toned to glimmering silverHuh