Introducción a la música industrial en Canino

«Música industrial, dicen por ahí que eres la más ruidosa y transgresora, la más oscura y grosera, la perturbada que se atrevió a convertir los experimentos de vanguardia más intelectuales en pura provocación gamberra. Pero, dime, ¿de dónde vienes y quién eres realmente?».

He escrito una pequeña introducción a la música industrial, la podéis encontrar en Canino.

Retinal pessimism

“…Retinal pessimism is not simply the failure of the phenomena of perception, the physiology of the retina, or the science of optics. Nor is it the conviction that whatever one is seeing is the worst of all possible things that could be seen. Both are intriguing options. But, retinal pessimism is something else, and it is encapsulated in the strange status of black: at once present and absent, at once a fullness and an emptiness, at once the absorption of all light and the total absence of light. Black is at once the foundation of all colour and, in its absence or emptiness, it is also what undermines the substantiality of all colour. If one is willing to go down this path, a retinal pessimism is not just about the non-colour that is black, but it is about the perception of colour itself. It is, ultimately, the suspicion that all colours are black, that all retinal activity is retinal inactivity. Retinal pessimism: there is nothing to see (and you’re seeing it)…”

“Black on Black”, Eugene Thacker, The Public Domain Review.

Not understood at all

“On the other hand, sound and video artist _blank’s conceptual performance seemed to be misunderstood, or rather, not understood at all. Her deep and exacting exercise on deciphering and exposing how sound relates to image seemed to get lost on many. The loud, sharp sounds never intended to be anything like music – the audio was the very own sound of the image on the screen. While such an exercise is quite interesting in terms of revealing the philosophy behind digital sound, it understandably is not for every taste. However, such conceptual art that relates directly to sound and image definitely has a place in the festival. Briefing the audience prior to more conceptual, non-musical acts might help adjust the expectations, possibly… It’s not for easy consumption, but _blank’s work is one to stay, and echo through the years as a landmark of its very unique kind.”

Sibel Tinar, FLIC Magazine.

La muerte es una constante en el mundo del netaudio…

«La muerte es una constante en el mundo del netaudio, como en casi todas partes. Hay sellos que desparecen de golpe y otros que van dejando de moverse poco a poco. Hay plataformas que se quedan congeladas en el aire y personas cargadas de entusiasmo que de repente se caen al suelo. “Thanks for your netlabel” es un proyecto sobre los sellos virtuales que dejan de existir, o, más radicalmente, sobre el anunciado (y probablemente real) fin de la era de los netlabels. Más que un proyecto, es un meta-sello que ha editado un recopilatorio compuesto de reinterpretaciones sonoras y gráficas, en clave abstracta, de varios de los referentes históricos de la escena netlabel: Monotonik, Napster o Archive aparecen así hechos picadillo digital, sublimados en bits, reducidos a su mínima expresión. Resultado del trabajo conjunto de Blanca Rego y Mikel R. Nieto, “Thanks for your netlabel” es, en definitiva, una obra conceptual que invita a reflexionar sobre hacia dónde va (y sobre hacia dónde irá) la música libre.»

Gloria González, Blisstopic.

Readings

• Technology and the novel, from Blake to Ballard [read]
Tom McCarthy, The Guardian, Saturday 24 July 2010

• El elogio de la sombra [leer]
Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

• Lenore #1-13
Roman Dirge

Psychogeography [read]
Merlin Coverley

• Words Made Flesh. Code, Culture, Imagination [read]
Florian Cramer

Jacques Attali, author of Noise (1977). Speaking at the ICA, London, May 2001 [read]