05 April 2010

Obsolete technology: noise as music

Big Ideas (don't get any) from James Houston on Vimeo.

Two closely related projects above. The first being Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' assembled from dot matrix printers and other electronic crap from yesteryear. For me, it's incredibly melancholic. As are Radiohead, of course, who have been processed in much the same way for the second project.

I'm referencing these for a couple of reasons. The first is that it relates to an earlier suggestion that the library noise could be reconfigured into a less haphazard form. It could become rhythmic and arranged (if not quite music). But the aesthetics of the projects are also interesting to me. I've spoken with Dave in the past about obsolete technology as we both felt that the history of hardware hasn't been documented properly due to the haste to constantly upgrade. Okay, people might snigger or indulge in some retro fetishism for an old Atari or Sinclair, but then there has been a mountain of other electronic machinery integral to a lot of industries that - despite probably having the combined memory of one current mobile phone - actually tells us a lot about how things used to be produced. And maybe by acknowledging that development we would be less inclined to take for granted the ease of current digital production.

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