[microsound-announce] MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... lecture series. April 20, Kenneth Goldsmith. May 16, Jonny Trunk

Radio Web MACBA rwm2008 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 16 11:25:30 EDT 2012

Link: *http://www.macba.cat/en/lecture-memorabilia*

"The romance of sound collecting may be dead – not because of the music,
but due to the loss of the personal human component of the process."
William Bennett, in a conversation about his music collection on Ràdio Web
MACBA, 2011

*Memorabilia. Collecting sound with…* continues to unearth new materials
for the Ràdio Web MACBA series on private collections of music and sound
memorabilia, which also charts a historiography of sound collecting at a
time dominated by a paradigm shift and changing consumer habits. In this
new instalment, we once again invite three collectors to come clean on the
interests and peculiarities that have shaped their personal archives,
allowing us to reconstruct a series of parallel histories that touch on the
evolution of reproduction formats, archiving issues, and the strange
mechanisms of the collecting market. But the main motivation of *Memorabilia.
Collecting sounds with…* is to share the obscure object of desire of a
group of obsessive characters who have forged their own criteria in a
context of information saturation and the fiction of access.

*Friday 20 April and 4 May and Wednesday 16 May, at 9 pm. MACBA Auditorium*

*Friday 20 April, at 9 pm*
*Kenneth Goldsmith*
*Publishers Weekly* described the writings of Kenneth Goldsmith as "some of
the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry".
Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry and teaches at the Centre
for Programs in Contemporary Writing at University of Pennsylvania, where
he is also senior editor of the online poetry archive PennSound. Goldsmith
is also the founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb (ubu.com), a
universal source of reference for avant-garde art on the Internet. An
underground project that has no institutional backing or budget of any
kind, UbuWeb is an exhaustive and also personal repository that reflects
the tastes, quirks and obsessions of its creator. A compulsive digital
collector, Goldsmith’s personal archive extends far beyond the in itself
unfathomable UbuWeb.

*Friday 4 May, at 9 pm*
To be confirmed

*Wednesday 16 May, at 9 pm*
*Jonny Trunk*
Jonny Trunk founded the label Trunk Records in 1995, and it soon gained a
cult following as a result of its specialisation in unpublished jazz
recordings and film and television soundtracks. Trunk Records was the first
label to feature non-commercial "library music", a genre that Trunk has
written about extensively. Trunk hosts a radio programme at London radio
station Resonance FM, and he regularly DJs around the world. He began
collecting records around 1982, but rather than focusing on traditional
record stores, he chose to comb second hand outlets and street markets. It
didn't take long for him to realise that his obsession was not pop music or
modern sounds, but film soundtracks and television music. His record
collection now consists of around six thousand LPs.
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