Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

David Zicarelli – on women and Max/MSP

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

David Zicarelli, founder and CEO of Cycling 74, company behind Max/MSP, introducing the design decisions behind the very different Max 5. The design improvements really reflect an attempt to incorporate creative users needs, aiming for fluency in programming so that the creative process is allowed to take the foreground.


Landscape with Alvin Lucier

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Landscape with Alvin Lucier  “With and without purpose” : excerpts from the interview by Robert Ashley in his Music with Roots in the Aether (first text edition 2000 MusikTexte Cologne, but made for television 1975?)

I’ve selected these comments on the following topics from the interview:

  • technology and feeling – emotions in music
  • functionality and musical choice
  • distilling ideas, like pure alcohol
  • two-dimensional notation, three-dimensional sound in space
  • technology as a landscape
  • physicality of fly-fishing and sound
  • in and out of balance, with and without purpose (more…)

Gregory Bateson on Cetacean Communication

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Gregory Bateson Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972 Ballantine Books, New York)

Notes on “Problems in Cetacean and other Mammalian Communication” (first published 1966, written while working for John Lilly and his dolphin centre in the Virgin Islands. pp 364 – 378)

In the problem of understanding Cetacean communication, mammals such as Dolphins and their sound production, is the difficulty of us as humans approaching communication that may have completely different goals and importance. Bateson describes the predominance of communication of relationship (love, hate, dependency etc) in non-human / non-linguisitc mammals, where there is no need for a language of data (humans have hands and manipulate objects and language is built out of this ability and necessity). The communication of relationship in humans is less explicit in language but can be found in gesture – proto-linguisitc communication – common to all mammals. (more…)

Books (ongoing)

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Robert Ashley, Music with Roots in the Aether: Interviews With and Essays About Seven American Composers, (2000, MusikTexte Cologne)

David Dunn, Why do Whales and Children Sing? : A Guide to Listening in Nature  (1999, Earth Ear, Santa Fe New Mexico)

Morton Feldman, Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman ed., B H Friedman (2000, Exact Change, Cambridge MA)

Alvin Lucier, Reflections: Interviews, Scores, Writings 1965 – 1994 /  Reflexionen: Interviews, Notationen, Texte 1965 – 1994 (1995, MusikTexte Cologne)

Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening: A Composer’s Sound Practice, (2005, iUniverse Lincoln)

Dick Raaijmakers Cahier – M : A Brief Morphology of Electric Sound (2000 Orpheus Institute Gent, Leuven University Press)

Louis Andriessen, The Art of Stealing Time ed.,Mirjam Zegers (2002 Arc Publications, Lancashire UK)

Iannis Xenakis, Arts / Sciences: Alloys, The Thesis Defense of Iannis Xenakis (1985, Pendragon Press, New York)

Lucy Lippard Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory (1983 Pantheon Books, New York)

Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking (2001, Verso, London)

Gregory Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972, Ballantine Books, New York)

Roy Ascott Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness ed., with essay by Edward Shanken (2003 University of California Press, Los Angeles)

Brandon LaBelle Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2007 Continuum, New York)

Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter Spaces Speak, Are you Listening?: Experiencing Aural Architecture (2007, MIT Press)

ed., Christopher Cox and Daniel Warner Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (2004, Continuum, New York)

ed., Ros Bandt, Michelle Duffy and Dolly Mackinnon Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time, Culture (2007 Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

further with the score

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

the question is to extend the ideas of navigation landscape and environment to explore musical issues pertaining to expanded consciousness and communications where the score is the central figure. the (musical) score is not just notation but an entity or process where the communications between people through sound and site are catalyzed and channeled.