Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sounds of the Day #3/2015: Eliane Radigue (8) / German Army (1/2/3/4)

Eliane Radigue - Psi 847

Plus these 
from L.A.
called German Army

German Army - Black Rollins (2015)

German Army -Clan Chieftains (2015)

German Army - Dead Medicine (2014)

German Army - Sedentary (2014)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Thoughts of the Day #4/2015: Pierre Boulez (1) / Jason Lescalleet & Greg Kelley

Pierre Boulez(*1925)

"Ce rapport structure/matériaux est celui qui conditionne la réciprocité de gestes entre le compositeur et l'interprète ou entre le compositeur et la technologie de réalisation.

Mais, avant tout, ce doit être un acte réfléchi. On peut avoir l'illusion d'inventer dans l'immédiat, mais on ne peut inventer que dans la réflexion. Je ne veux pas parler des ces catégories d'immédiat et de réflexion comme des catégories définies par la durée ou par l'ecrit.

L'immédiat n'est pas forcément l'improvisation; l'immédiat peut être aussi bien l'oeuvre calquée directement sur un modèle, pour déduire les véritables conséquences du modèle. La réflexion n'est pas forcément un produit de l'écriture et du temps passé à la rédaction, la réflexion peut être instantanée et se trouver dans l'improvisation.

Mais il est certain que la réflexion nécessite, si je puis dire, une transe critique; alors que l'immédiat n'est que l'apparence d'une transe, et que la critique en est étrangement absente.

Le geste du compositeur est donc irremplacable, et toute dépossession n'aboutit qu'à la banalisation. Ce n'est pas l'Univers qu'on entend, mais, au contraire, l'étrange et désolante absence de toute Idée."

- Pierre Boulez, Le geste du compositeur
(Paris 2005)

Jason Lescalleet & Greg Kelley
"Conversations" (2014)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sounds of the Day #2/2015: The Telescopes / Jason Lescalleet (8)

HARM is the 7th album from The Telescopes. Developed live, between 3 separate line ups, over a course of 12 months. The whole album was recorded entirely in one take, without any overdubs. All instruments tuned to 444 Hz. With original artwork and design from Bridget Hayden. 

Plus the awesome subscription series
on Glistening Examples
Jason Lescalleet
"This is what I do" Vol. 9,8,7

Monday, May 25, 2015

Video of the Day #76/2015: Jean-Luc Marion (14) / Jason Lescalleet & Justin Meyers

Jean-Luc Marion

"Dieu et l'ambivalence de l'être"
8 octobre 2013
Institut Français de Bucarest

Jason Lescalleet & Justin Meyers  
"The White Page"
(released I/2015)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Video of the Day #75/2015: Jean-Luc Marion (13) / Friedrich Kittler (15)

Jean-Luc Marion
"La situation des chrétiens dans le temps contemporain, 
entre nihilisme et apologie"
9 octobre 2013

Friedrich Kittler
"Transmission and Storage Medium"

Friedrich Kittler
"Mathematical Magnitude and Sound"

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Video of the Day #74/2015: Jean-Luc Marion (12)

Jean-Luc Marion - Réponses 2013
An interesting discussion of his main ideas
and concepts

Friday, May 22, 2015

Video of the Day #73/2015: Jean-Luc Marion (11) / Friedrich Kittler (11)

Jean-Luc Marion
Doctor Honoris Causa 
Conference Univ Iasi Romania 5.10.2013

Friedrich Kittler
"The Relation of Art and Technè"



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Video of the Day #72/2015: Jean-Luc Marion (10) / Friedrich Kittler (8/9/10)

Jean-Luc Marion -
"Philosophy and Martyrdom: 
Tertullian and Justin Martyr”
Friedrich Kittler
"Religion and Writing Systems" (2011)

Friedrich Kittler
"The Roman Scriptural System" (2011)

Friedrich Kittler
"Early Writing: Music, Cuneiform, Egyptian Hieroglyphs" (2011)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Videos of the Day #35/2015: Friedrich Kittler (5/6/7)

Friedrich Kittler
From Consonants to Vowels: From Semitic and Indo-European to Greek

Friedrich Kittler
Classical Greek: The Alphabet, Music and Numbers (2011)

Friedrich Kittler

"Evolution of Programming Languages"

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Trailer of the Day #5/2015: A Idade da Terra / Friedrich Kittler (2/3)

Glauber Rocha, A Idade da Terra

Friedrich Kittler
"Ontologie der Medien"

Friedrich Kittler
Electricity, Electronics and 
the March of Technology (2010)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Trailer of the Day #3/2015: Tuesday, after Christmas / Jacques Ranciere (1/2)

Radu Muntean
Tuesday after Christmas (2011)

Jacques Ranciere's
"Time, Narrative, Politics"
presented in 2015

Rancière talks about
"Cinema and the Frontiers of Art"

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Trailer of the Day #2/2015: Beyond the hills / McKenzie Wark (4) / Zizek (19)

Cristian Mungiu
Beyond the hills (2012)

Plus this
McKenzie Wark Talk
"How to Hack an Abstraction"
presented in 2014

Slavoj Zizek
"First as Tragedy,
than as Farce"

Friday, May 15, 2015

Trailer of the Day #1/2015: Police, adjective / McKenzie Wark (1/2/3)

Corneliu Poromboiu
Police, adjective (2009)

McKenzie Wark
"Telesthesia: How Class 
and Power Work 
in the Post-Internet Age"

Plus this 2013 interview
with McKenzie Wark

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Video of the Day #71/2015: Taku Sugimoto (4) / Slavoj Zizek (16/17)

Taku Sugimoto - Dot

Slavoj Zizek
"Until the end of the world"

"The Sublime Object of Ideology"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Video of the Day #70/2015: Taku Sugimoto (3) / Slavoj Zizek (14/15)

Taku Sugimoto - Sonata for Piano and Violin

Slavoj Zizek
"What is a Communist Utopia ?"

"Ecology without Nature"

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Video of the Day #69/2015: Taku Sugimoto (2) / Slavoj Zizek (9)

Taku Sugimoto - Music for Violin, Cello and Piano

Slavoj Zizek

"The Freedom of forced choice"
XI/2014 talk

Monday, May 11, 2015

Video of the Day #68/2015: Taku Sugimoto (1) / Alain Badiou (12/13/14)

Taku Sugimoto - Mirrors

Plus this 2014 seminar
by Alain Badiou

"L'immance des vérités (III):
les deux finitudes, la scission subjective
et le bonheur"

plus the second part
"Tragédies identitaires"

the third part
"Qu'est-ce qui se répète ?"

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Video of the Day #67/2015: Max Eastley (1) / Dipesh Chakrabarty (1/2/3/4/5)

Documentary about the work of Max Eastley, made in 1986, featuring sequences of sound sculptures in natural settings, plus Eastley accompanying them in the studio. Also includes extracts from performances of 'Whirled Music' (with Steve Beresford and David Holmes), a sequence composed jointly with David Toop and Kazuko Hohki, and a duo with Evan Parker in a cave in Devon.

Plus five more recent talks by

Dipesh Chakrabarty

"The Anthropocene Project: An Opening" (2014)

Beyond Capital: The Climate Crisis as a Challenge to Social Thought (2014)

The Human Condition In the Anthropocene (2015)

From Globalization to Global Warming: A Historiographical Transition (2015)

Between Globalization and Global Warming: The Long and the Short of Human History (2010)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Video of the Day #66/2105: Helmut Lachenmann (1/2/3/) / Bernard Stiegler (14)

Helmut Lachenmann - Schreiben (2003)

Helmut Lachenmann - Ausklang (1984/85)


Heltmut Lachenmann Interview

Plus two talks by
Bernard Stiegler

Occuper les cerveaux (2013)

La société automatique (2014)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Video of the Day #65/2015: Mathias Spahlinger (1) / Void Manes (1/2)

Mathias Spahlinger - Extension (1979/80)

Plus this highly recommended
ultra-weird LA based project
Void Manes
minimal haunting, 
psycho-active electronics

Here a track from I/2014

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Video of the Day #34/2015: Les Rallizes Denudes (8) / Bill Orcutt & Chris Corsano / Bernard Stiegler (12)

Les Rallizes Denudes
Live 1988 - II

Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt
Live 2014

Bernard Stiegler parle avec 
Michel Bauwens au Centre Pompipou
Septembre 2014

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sounds of the Day #7/2015: Terrence Dixon (1) / JFK (1)

Terrence Dixon - From The Far Future Pt.2
Tresor Records 

Plus this 
important re-issue
of JFK works
JFK is another moniker of
Anthony di Franco
member of such giant projects
like Skullflower, Ramleh, Ax

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sounds of the Day #6/2015: Alva Noto (4) / Howlround (1/2)

Alva Noto - Uni C

Howlround - Secret Songs of Savamala (2013)

‘The ruins of the Spanish House stand on the banks of the river Sava at the heart of the Savamala district of Belgrade. Originally a decadent customs house in the heart of a bustling port, this decaying structure bears the imprint of many generations. Now an empty echo chamber, its walls reverberate with the rumble of the passing freight trains like the sea inside a shell; songs and shouts return distorted from a trip around the flooded basement and exposed structural supports become an unholy set of chimes. All the sounds you hear on this album were recorded on site and nothing has been added that is not of the building itself. This echoic palimpsest is architectural portraiture in sound’.

Leila Peacock

Howlround - The Ghost of the Bush (2012)

‘The Ghosts Of Bush’ was created entirely using the natural acoustic sounds of Bush House, the iconic home for the past seven decades of the BBC World Service which closed its doors for the last time on July 12th 2012. All of the sounds were captured in the small hours of the morning in empty offices, corridors, stairwells and other hidden corners by a Studio Manager working overnight. These recordings were then dubbed onto quarter-inch tape in the basement studio deep in the bowels of the South-East wing using two of the surviving reel-to-reel machines.

Adjusting the playback speed of the spools and ‘bouncing’ the recordings between the two tape machines lead to the discovery of a number of interesting phrases and sound textures which were then looped, layered and fashioned into rough compositions. Over time the tape would start to degrade and alter the nature of the sounds, while occasional echo was created by recording and playing various loops simultaneously, feeding the sound back into itself. The entire album was produced using these simple methods, and no other effects or studio trickery have been used. Thanks to the sonorous quality of Bush House’s Portland stone walls and high ceilings, the natural resonance of the space was all that was needed.

These are the sounds the building makes when it thinks no-one is listening, the sounds of many sleepless nights spent isolated in a labyrinthine basement surrounding by a crepuscular soundtrack of creaks and crackles. It’s an attempted homage to the work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop who crafted the most incredible of sound-worlds from the most basic of sources. But mostly it’s my way of saying goodbye to a building that I and so many people have loved.

When talking of historic structures, the old clichéd approach is to wonder what one might hear if the ‘walls could speak’. I like to think that with ‘The Ghosts Of Bush’ we come closer to hearing them sing: One last song about the passage of time and the impermanence of all things, with the ghosts of the machines joining in. The last hurrah of a bygone era, of obsolete equipment and of a studio that has since fallen silent forever.

Robin The Fog

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sounds of the Day #5/2015: Scott Tuma (1/2)

Scott Tuma
"Cracker Where am I?"

Scott Tuma
"Hard Again" (2001)
re-issued in 2014 as a double LP
on Scissor Tale

Awesome sensitive guitar-weirdness
coupled with ambient warmth and deepness
with an evocation of Americana Sounds from
Fahey to Basho and a lot more !