When you’re not selling anything not networking not trying to get ahead not leveraging upon your existing skills not building on your success not trying to fit in not playing to the crowd not being on message not showing gratitude not easy listening not putting on airs not seeing it in perspective not humble bragging not doing it with a goal in mind not giving a shout out not tipping your cap not double clicking not subscribing and smashing that Like button not having it all figured out not rather being somewhere else not going down the rabbit hole not swayed by the algorithm not the targeted demographic not distracted by the noise around the signal not embroidering your story not looking to theories to answers that you practice—
The tech calculates, we wonder What if? The tech measures, we balance. The tech generates data sets, we create ad hoc. The tech recalls perfectly, we remember fleetingly. The tech suggests if this, then that?, we associate by other means. The tech presents patterns, we seek meanings. The tech proliferates options, we seek constraints. The tech makes loops and redundancies, we make variations. The tech never tires, we lose interest. The tech updates to version 2.1.1, we gain experience. The tech is literal, we read metaphor. The tech eavesdrops, we keep it to ourselves. The tech curates ambient awareness, we focus on one thing at a time. The tech has no end game, we are clocks ticking.
• DRUMMINGat50, a website about the history, composition, and performance practice of Steve Reich’s Drumming, a seminal piece of 20th- (and 21st-) century acoustic music. I contributed an essay, which is here.
“…oral culture is not suited to certain kinds of knowledge accumulation and legibility of the world, some of which is necessary to hold our institutions together. And this underappreciated transition is certainly one big reason for the current tension in this historic transition: because of technology, oral psychodynamics have broken through at scale, and we are trying to manage them with institutions that operate solely through an within print/written culture. And that cannot, will not, hold without adjustment.”
“Usually I try to find a balance between a rhythmic pattern and filter modulations which together articulate some interesting quality. For me, sketch is a strange word because it means something like trying to manifest an idea. Of course I have some kind of idea, but many times I just look at my idea as a starting point and then I let the technology change it. So basically my idea is an input for the environment in which I’m working, and then there is an output which carries out the idea and the properties of the technology itself. This way I think there is a better chance to end up at musical situations which are not predefined.”