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Criticism By Other Means

I have two short pieces (on George Dyson’s Turing’s Cathedral and Jonathan Sterne’s MP3: The Meaning of a Format) in this new collection from Review 31, coming out soon from Zero Books
The book, which will be published in June, also features writing by Nina Power, Benjamin Noys, Ian Birchall, Gee Williams, Dan Barrow, Hugh Foley, and many other fine people. It is available to pre-order now from The Book Depository or Amazon (10% cheaper at the former).
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Justus Dahinden, Urban Structures For The Future, 1972.


Justus Dahinden, Urban Structures For The Future, 1972.


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Wolfgang von Kempelen’s ‘Mechanical Turk' (Chess Automaton), c. 1770.

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En L’An 2000 (In the Year 2000); Jean-Marc Côté, c.1900.

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A 20th century ‘futuristic’ vision of the ‘exciting’ world of ‘tomorrow’ in the year 2000. [Theodor Hildebrand und Sohn ‘Chocolate’ Co.], Germany, c. 1909.

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Hand-drawn poster for a 2-days GRM festival titled 30 heures avec le Groupe de Recherches Musicales de l’ORTF (or, 30 hours with the ORTF’s GRM) – as part of the Journées de Musique Contemporaine festival in Paris, 20–28 October 1969. The Journées… was an important contemporary music festival held from 1968 to 1972 and directed by Maurice Fleuret. The GRM concerts took place at Maison de l’ORTF, the French national radio. The program offered several world premieres and the inclusion of composers not generally associated with the GRM like Jacob Druckman, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Martin Davorin-Jagodić or Heinz Holliger.

[Full program here]

Detailed program:

23 octobre 1969

  • 14h00 – Oeuvres electroacoustiques
    ”des studios de Paris, Cologne, Milan, Munich, New York. Tokyo, Utrecht Varsovie, et Computer Music“
  • 18h30 – Oeuvres mixtes
    (K. Stockhausen: Solo ; I. Malec: Lumina
    J. Druckman: Animus III ; G. Reibel: Carnaval)
  • 20h30 – Oeuvres pour bande
    (A. Paccagnini: Partner ; G. Reibel: Vertiges ; L. Ferrari: Music Promenade ; B. Parmegiani: Thalassa)
  • 23h30 – Nuit Blanche – Musiques en action
    (B. Parmegiani: Jazzex ; A. Savouret: Kiosque ; E. Canton: Mangés par une espèce de serpent ; Jagodic: Action pour un pianiste ; Chemirani: Improvisations au zarb ; E. Pagaya: Facettes, ballet music by P. Schaeffer ; Groupe d’Expression directe de ChâteauvalIon ; Bel Canto Choir de Stockholm: Moving Music)

24 octobre 1969

  • 10h30 – Films
    Films de Borowczyk. Brissot, Fores, Jeannessort Kamler, Lepeuve, Petit, Lapoujade, Rouxel. avec des musiques de Bayle, Cohen-Solal. Ferrari, Henry, Malec, Parmegiani, Philippot. Schaeffer)
  • 16h30 – Pierre Schaeffer, conference: “De l’expérience musicale à l’expérience humaine”
  • 18h30 – Musiques éclatées
    Directed by François Bayle with Rufus and the Bel Canto Choir of Stockholm.
  • 20h30 – Concert collectif
    (François-Bernard Mâche: Synergies ; Philippe Carson: Collages ; François Bayle: Pluriel ; Luc Ferrari: Composé Composite ; Ivo Malec: Sigma ; Heinz Holliger: Siebengesang)

Pictures from the Revue Musicale, special issue on Recherche Musicale au GRM, Paris, 1986

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Burns London, ‘The Name of Quality' (Guitar pics), 1965.


Burns London, ‘The Name of Quality' (Guitar pics), 1965.

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Ned Ludd & Queen Mab

Machine-Breaking, Romanticism, and the Several Commons of 1811-12   Peter Linebaugh



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*So, whatever happened in 1970, one wonders


*So, whatever happened in 1970, one wonders

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