CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, February 28, 2001 - MIT Press announces the
publication of a special issue of Computer Music Journal (Volume 24,
Number 4) focusing on electronica, especially music in the "glitch" or
"noise" style. The issue includes an audio CD featuring 35 short
compositions in this style, including well-known names such as DJ Spooky.
The artists are: immedia, Pimmon, Richard Chartier, Taylor Deupree, eM,
noto, Stilluppsteypa, Philus, *0, Andreas Berthling, Kevin Drumm, Kim
Cascone, Zammuto, Tetsu Inoue, Rehberg & Bauer, cd_slopper, Needle,
Zbigniew Karkowski, Robert Henke, Terre Thaemlitz, Sun Electric, Coil,
Kid606, Sakana Hosomi, snd/shirt trax, Goem, COH, ASCIII, Thomas Brinkmann,
DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, tun[k], Christophe Charles, Atau Tanaka,
Cathars, and Autopoeisis.
Three of the issue's five articles deal with the topic of electronica. Kim
Cascone's groundbreaking article "The Aesthetics of Failure: 'Post-Digital'
Tendencies in Contemporary Computer Music" analyzes glitch music in the
context of earlier aesthetic movements such as Futurism and the chance
music of John Cage. In "Laptop Performers, Compact Disc Designers, and
No-Beat Techno Artists in Japan: Music from Nowhere," Emmanuelle Loubet
looks at the contemporary scene in Japan from both a musical and a
sociological perspective. Joel Chadabe's essay, "Remarks on Computer Music
Culture," examines relationships between elite and popular traditions in
music, and points to interactive performance software as a tool for the
democratization of art.
The issue also includes articles on two other topics: a counterpoint
generator, and a system for automating computer music performances in ways
that tend to evoke various emotions. In addition to the music selected by
the curator, the CD contains sound examples to accompany recent Computer
Journal Articles, such as excerpts of music by Trevor Wishart and Horacio
The curator for the CD, Kim Cascone, is himself a glitch composer who has
released more than 15 albums of electronic music. Mr. Cascone studied
electronic music at the Berklee College of Music, worked with David Lynch
in the film industry, founded Silent Records, and has designed sounds for
the software companies Headspace (now called Beatnik) and Staccato Systems.
Founded in 1976, Computer Music Journal is the leading scholarly journal on
all musical applications of computer technology. The journal is published
both in print and online. (The audio is available only on CD, not
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