“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Friday, February 18, 2011

Frankenstein Symphony

Just listened to Francis Dhomont's Frankenstein Symphony for the first time in a while. I liked it. What is it about musique concrète that just feels right? Is it the way in which the medium that carries the sound is treated as part of the sonic object, rather than being ruthlessly ignored by the electronic purists? I'm not sure what it is but I like it very much, and surely this has to do with the particular kind of carpentry that musique concrète is about.

I suppose an OOO related fact about musique concrète is its necessary inclusion of hidden depths and withdrawn features of each sonic object.

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