[microsound-announce] Podcast/mix: INTERRUPTIONS #1. Pastoral V.2. Curated by Jon Leidecker

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*Podcast/mix: INTERRUPTIONS #1. Pastoral V.2. Curated by Jon Leidecker
Playlist: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20100706/01Interruptions_eng.pdf

The emerging medium of electronic music found its way to a wider public
audience in the 1950's, accompanied by descriptions of the sounds as
inherently unearthly, fantastic, or cold and inhuman. These associations
were partially encouraged by the dissemination of the medium as sound
effects for science fiction films and television shows, as spearheaded by
Louis and Bebe Barron in their score for the film Forbidden Planet. But
electronic musical instruments also possessed the ability to closely
emulate and extend the voices of the animal world to a greater degree than
any acoustic musical instrument. A gated tone oscillator or untempered
synthesizer gives a player a better chance at creating melodies that sound
like birdsong than any violin or flute in history, save perhaps a recording
of a flute that's been sped up several octaves. Pastoral V.2 is a layered
60 minute DJ set curated to underline the history of those classic works of
electronic music which sought to mimic and extend the voices and sounds of
our pastoral landscape, an approach which could be moving closer to the
heart of the medium's inherent potential than the more commonly held
perceptions of these sounds as expressions of the inhuman or alienated
aspects of industrial culture.

Extended text: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/20100706/01Interruptions_eng.pdf

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