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Computer Music Journal 4/27 and Leonardo Music Journal 13 arrived in the post yesterday.

In LMJ Peter Manning writes an article on “The Influence of Recording Technologies on the Early Development of Electroacoustic Music”. The article is interesting as it is not only concentrating on Musique Concréte (RTF) and Elektronische Musik (Nordwestdeutcher Rundfunk) but also works by artists associated with Bauhaus in the thirties.

However the abstract makes a statement that I find hard to agree on:

From the earliest experiments with the manipulation of 78-rpm disks during the 1920’s the technology of recording has played a major role in the evolution of electroacoustic music. This has extended not only to the recording and reproduction of material but also to key components of the compositional process itself. Although such influences have become less prominent with the advent of digital technology their impact during the formative years of electronic music was significant and far-reaching…

To me this is a slightly narrow-sighted approach. The recording technology of today is no longer tapes or disks but digital samples that is numbers. Numerical treatment of samples forms the technical basis of a lot off what I and a lot of other artists do. Widening the perspective to include recent approaches to moving images as well software such as Jitter Auvi and the recent conference p1k53l proves that the work of a lot of visual artists is closely related the the digital representation of the media they are working within as well.

BEK got 1.2000 mil. for 2004


I just received the really good news that BEK is getting 1.200 mill in gouvernmental support for 2004.000 This is absolutely fantastic!

Kurt Ralske presentation


Kurt Ralske is doing a presentation of his own work tomorrow at Kunstakademiet. It’s taking place in Foredragssalen 4th floor at 13.00.



The presentation went well I believe. I stayed for the rest of the presentations and found all of them interesting. Hanne Hilt is doing an similar Fellowship to me but working on design for museums. Her project is really interesting and with a strong political commitment.

Jeremy Welsh talked about “The bridge” an art and art-based research project that has been functioning as a framework for much of his work the last coupple of years. The upcoming installation at Christiansand kunstforening in collaboration with painter Jon Arne Mogstad is part of that project. I’m going to contribute sound to the installation.

I also had a lenghty talk to Jana Winderen about the framework for the project we’re doing together with Jørgen Træen.

And Kurt Ralske arrived in Bergen today with a heavy jet lag. We’ll spend the next three days talking through concept and framework for our joint work.

No problem finding ways to spend my time at the moment….


Max OSX 4.3.1


Max 4.3.1 is out now. The Windows version will be out later this week. It also seems as if the Pluggo OSX version will be out in the near future.


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