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Book Review: Inside Computer Music
Inside Computer Music is a hybrid cross between a book, a website, and downloadable software.
Book Review: Drone and Apocalypse: An Exhibit Catalog for the End of the World
Are you a lover of drone music and those fellow enthusiasts willing to subvert the distance in much of scholarly writing by means as creative as you know the form itself to be? I’ve got some diverting festive holiday reading (and listening) for ...
Book Review: Between the Tracks: Musicians on Selected Electronic Music
Miller Puckette and Kerry Hagan’s edited volume “Between the Tracks” is an interesting and useful way to imagine a very different kind of book than the usual listing of canonical electronic music works.
Book Review: Pink Noises - Women On Electronic Music and Sound
After creating the website Pinknoise.com -- devoted to promoting the work of women in electronic music via interviews, information, and resources -- Tara Rodgers created another agent of change, the book Pink Noises.
Book Review(s): Reading Up on Spatial Audio
It’s no surprise that the recent release of the Audio Routes tools for multichannel audio routing in Max for Live and the MC features of Max 8 has resulted in a resurgence of interest in spatial audio. While the world is full of Max for Live (and Max) users who have fired up the tools and marvel to converting their audio playback into a veritable Holiday on Ice audio choreography, there are people out there who are now more curious about the subject in general - trying to understand the relationship between what they see in the UI and what they hear, wondering what they could “do next,” or just wishing to know a little more about the tools they’re using.
Book Review: Sonic Writing
Thor Magnusson's Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions is one of those rare reads that manages to connect, to clarify, and to serve as a great starting point for contemplation of our own practice in the present age.
Book Review: Broken Music - Artists' Recordworks
Sometimes, a really amazing book will go out of print and increase in cost to ridiculous prices on the secondhand market owing to scarcity and demand. All one can do is to watch the prices rise and continue to regret that point at which you passed on the chance to pick up a copy. But sometimes, Fortune smiles.
An Interview with Gregory Taylor
Cycling '74 and author Gregory Taylor published a book that takes the creation of step sequencers using Max as its subject: Step by Step: Adventures in Sequencing with Max/MSP.
Book Review: Audio Culture - Readings in Modern Music (Revised Edition)
One of the interesting features of a book that manages to become “a standard work in the field” is that the things we refer to when we use a word like “standard” are subject to change. The appearance of new editions of “standard works” provides us with a chance to reflect on the ways in which editorial changes may mark changes in the practice the book describes.
Book Review: The Documents of Contemporary Art Series
I love to share the books I find, and Whitechapel Gallery has produced a series of books that I think will speak to you. In this quick review, I check in on two books: Edward Shanken’s Systems collection, and Caleb Kelly’s Sound title.