Playing with words and online compilation- contains wonderful sound/voice work

The work on this audio compilation is part of an intermittent ongoing tradition of artistic investigation of spoken language. The pieces included here negotiate potential oppositions such as semantic play and abstraction, musical and narrative structures, speech and song, one voice and many. Influences have been drawn from many sources including poetry, music, song, theatre, typography and graphic art, philosophy, radio, performance art, linguistics, fine art, literature and of course the keen observation and experience of the very many varieties of human communication that we all encounter and participate in every day.

The concerns of these contemporary artists in many cases relate back to their historical antecedents such as the poets, performers and other artists working with sound in the early part of the twentieth century, including the Futurists, Zaum poets, Dadaists and Lettristes who sought to invent new languages and new words in order to express their vision of reality and to deconstruct and reduce the power of language. Other featured artists are examining and revealing the experiences and complexities of contemporary society by engaging with how spoken language works and manifests itself. These works reflect more recent developments in linguistics and the psychology and philosophy of language revealing how meaning is negotiated and transmitted between individuals and groups, across cultures and through languages and their translations.

This online compilation has a companion Audio CD release. They both feature the same artists but, in some cases, different tracks. A DVD of live performances by some of these artists is also available.


Radio Web on sound

Radio Web MACBA recommended podcasts:

-VARIATIONS, by Jon Leidecker. An in-depth overview on the History of Sampling.

-COMPOSING WITH PROCESS: PERSPECTIVES ON GENERATIVE AND SYSTEMS MUSIC, by Mark Fell and Joe Gilmore. An exploration of generative approaches to composition and performance in the 20th Century.

-PARASOL ELEKTRONICZNY. RUMOURS FROM THE EASTERN UNDERGROUND, by Felix Kubin. A tour of underground sound production in Eastern Europe.

-FLUXRADIO, by Joe Gilmore and Rhiannon Silver. A comprehensive and creative look on the Fluxus movement.

-THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE. Communication and ambiguity in the work of John Baldessari, by Roc Jimenez de Cisneros. Interview with John Baldessari

-SON(I)A #116: Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith, founder and main editor of Ubuweb, the Internet's largest archive of artistic avant-garde material.

-AVANT, by Roc Jimenez de Cisneros. An overview on Spanish avant-garde music, now also available at Ubuweb.

-MALADY OF WRITING. Modernism you can dance to, by Kenneth Goldsmith

+Coming soon
-The road to plunderphonia, an essay by Chris Cutler.
-Once Upon a Time in CA, by Chris Brown. A spaghetti western about experimental music on the West Coast in the 1980s.
-Deutsche Kassettentater. The rise of the German home-recording tape scene, by Felix Kubin. A mix of German home-recorded tape music made between 1981 and 1993.

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the sound of a new sort of beauty... Mr Toledarno

'I’m interested in what we define as beauty, when we choose to create it ourselves.Beauty has always been a currency, and now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make?Is beauty informed by contemporary culture? By history? Or is it defined by the surgeon’s hand? Can we identify physical trends that vary from decade to decade, or is beauty timeless?When we re-make ourselves, are we revealing our true character, or are we stripping away our very identity?Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty. An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture? And if so, are the results the vanguard of human induced evolution?2008-2010' 


    from: umblrsuit(s) or immaterialities stripped bare even - jonCates (2010) #tumblr