The multilayered contexts and playful durations deployed across a new generation of video albums such as Beyoncé’s Lemonade and gallery installations including Ragnar Kjartansson’s Take Me Here By The Dishwasher recreate the quirks and tensions of old school listening habits.
Cheap recording technology and freely accessible distribution platforms threaten to make the record label redundant. But there are still ways for labels to survive and thrive, says Britt Brown
Films on experimental music need to nuance the relationship between sound and image in order to communicate emotion and provide a true cinematic rendering of their subjects, says Stewart Morgan
Composers who use crowdsourcing tools to generate musical material might be pushing technological boundaries, but this model of creative sharing is an illusion – and one that reinforces, rather than breaks down, hierarchies.
A new generation of field recordists is challenging the myth of the invisible figure with a microphone in work that celebrates presence rather than absence.
Neil Young's Pono player is the latest entry in a debate over the fidelity of digital sound which simplifies the relationship between the medium of music and its experiential message. By Philip Brophy.
Reasserting the roots of Kraftwerk’s sound in African-American R&B and jazz reveals how the soul of electronic dance music is being throttled by the dead hand of the culture industry. By Tony Herrington
Newly released recordings of experimental music from the 1960s
say more about our own time than the moment of their creation,
argues David Grubbs.
Jazz is radical music, so why is it funded by big business?
asks Dan Spicer.
When funding bodies treat culture as a business enterprise,
their insistence on results discriminates against music’s true
value, argues Richards.
The recent boom in vinyl merely reflects business’s desire to
extract maximum commodity value from ‘manufactured rarities’. But,
ask Numero Group’s Rob Sevier and Ken Shipley, what happens to the
music when the bubble bursts?
As the Topic label prepares to put its vast archive online, Alex
Neilson sees unexpected connections between folk music's pluralist
roots and the new routes promised by digital culture.
Mark Fell argues that the limits of technological systems do not
As recording formats become obsolete, sound
archivists are rethinking the paradigms around methods of
preserving our audio heritage. By Will Prentice of the British
Digital transparency has revealed dimensions
to African music beyond Western received ideas. But how to market
it sympathetically, asks Brian Shimkovitz
Circulating music as resource-free downloads
might reduce carbon footprints, but the fast turnover of the
computers, MP3 players and mobile phones we play them on costs the
Earth plenty, argues Phil England.
When John Richards of Dirty Electronics began
manufacturing interactive sound devices such as a hand-held
analogue synth, he tapped into a participatory social experiment in
revitalising digitally numbed senses
In the early 2000s, increased bandwidth
allowed recombinant artists to enter the gift economy. It’s a
freedom we should defend at all costs, argues Vicki Bennett aka
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