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    PRESS RELEASE CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, February 28, 2001 - MIT Press announces the publication of a special issue of Computer Music Journal (Volume 24,
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      PRESS RELEASE

      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
      Vaggione.

      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
      electronically.) To subscribe, or to purchase an individual issue, visit
      http://mitpress.mit.edu/CMJ, email journals-orders@..., or call
      1(617)253-2889. The Volume 24, Number 4 issue plus CD costs $30. Annual
      subscriptions (print plus online) for individuals cost $50.
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