Sound Unbound Sampling Digital Music and Culture

ISBN-10: 0262633639

ISBN-13: 9780262633635

Edition: 2008

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If Rhythm Sciencewas about the flow of things, Sound Unboundis about the remix--how music, art, and literature have blurred the lines between what an artist can do and what a composer can create. In Sound Unbound, Rhythm Scienceauthor Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid asks artists to describe their work and compositional strategies in their own words. These are reports from the front lines on the role of sound and digital media in an information-based society. The topics are as diverse as the contributors: composer Steve Reich offers a memoir of his life with technology, from tape loops to video opera; Miller himself considers sampling and civilization; novelist Jonathan Lethem writes about appropriation and plagiarism; science fiction writer Bruce Sterling looks at dead media; Ron Eglash examines racial signifiers in electrical engineering; media activist Naeem Mohaiemen explores the influence of Islam on hip hop; rapper Chuck D contributes Three Pieces; musician Brian Eno explores the sound and history of bells; Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno interview composer-conductor Pierre Boulez; and much more. Press 'play,' Miller writes, and this anthology says 'here goes.' The groundbreaking mix CD that accompanies the book features Nam Jun Paik, the Dada Movement, John Cage, Sonic Youth, and many other examples of avant-garde music. Most of the CD's content comes from the archives of Sub Rosa, a legendary record label that has been the benchmark for archival sounds since the beginnings of electronic music. Contributors: David Allenby, Pierre Boulez, Catherine Corman, Chuck D, Erik Davis, Scott De Lahunta, Manuel DeLanda, Cory Doctorow, Eveline Domnitch, Frances Dyson, Ron Eglash, Brian Eno, Dmitry Gelfand, Dick Hebdige, Lee Hirsch, Vijay Iyer, Ken Jordan, Douglas Kahn, Daphne Keller, Beryl Korot, Jaron Lanier, Joseph Lanza, Jonathan Lethem, Carlo McCormick, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, Moby, Naeem Mohaiemen, Alondra Nelson, Keith and Mendi Obadike, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pauline Oliveros, Philippe Parreno, Ibrahim Quaraishi, Steve Reich, Simon Reynolds, Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud, Nadine Robinson, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Alex Steinweiss, Bruce Sterling, Lucy Walker, Saul Williams, Jeff E. Winner.
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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Writer and activist Cory Doctorow was born in Toronto, Canada on July 17, 1971. In 1999 he co-founded a free software company called Opencola and served as Canadian Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. For four years he worked as European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and in 2007 won its Pioneer Award. His first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, won a Locus Award for Best First Novel. His short story collection A Place So Foreign and Eight More won a Sunburst Award, and his bestselling novel Little Brother received the 2009 Prometheus Award, a Sunburst Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Doctorow also writes nonfiction books and articles, and he co-edits the blog Boing Boing.

An Introduction, or My (Ambiguous) Life with Technology
In Through the Out Door
Sampling and the Creative Act
aka Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid
The Future of Language
The Ecstasy of Influence
A Plagiarism Mosaic
"Roots and Wires" Remix
Polyrhythmic Tricks and the Black Electronic
The Life and Death of Media
Un-imagining Utopia
Freaking the Machine
A Discussion about Keith Obadike's Sexmachines
Freeze Frame
Audio, Aesthetics, Sampling, and Contemporary Multimedia
aka Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid
A Theater of Ideas
An Interview with Steve Reich and Beryl Korot on Three Tales
Quantum Improvisation
The Cybernetic Presence
Pauline Oliveros
The Ghost Outside the Machine
Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud
The Musician as Thief
Digital Culture and Copyright Law
Integrated Systems
Mobile Stealth Unit
An Interview with Moby
Zing! Went the Strings
Renegade Academia
The World of Sound
A Division of Raymond Scott Enterprises
From Hip-Hip to Flip-Flop
Black Noise in the Master-Slave Circuit
South Africa's Rhythms of Resistance
The Virtual Breeding of Sound
Mining AccelerationLiminal Product
An Interview with Alex Steinweiss
Stop. Hey. What's That Sound?
Permuting Connections
Software for Dancers
On Improvisation, Temporality, and Embodied Experience
Spin the Painting
An Interview with Nadine Robinson
Camera Lucida
Three-dimensional Sonochemical Observatory
Fear of a Muslim Planet
Hip-Hop's Hidden History
Three Pieces
Bells and Their History
What One Must Do
Comments and Asides on Musical Philosophy
An Interview with Pierre Boulez
Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno
The Sounds of an Islamized Orthodoxy
Theater of the Spirits
Joseph Cornell and Silence
Where Did the Music Go?
Audio CD Credits
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