[microsound-announce] "TV on the Radio", podcast by Kenneth Goldsmith

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Wed Dec 1 04:01:15 EST 2010

*"TV on the Radio", podcast by Kenneth Goldsmith*

In MACBA's exhibition, "Are You Ready for TV?", a visitor can see what
happens when the aesthetic of visual artists collides with the world of
television. The results are anything but what you'd expect to see on TV.
Likewise, when television collides with audio arts, a new and disconcerting
soundtrack emerges, one that can only have been a product of artists
swiping, sampling, detourning, recycling, remixing, and mashing-up sources
emanating from the television. There's a great history of audio works mashed
up, inspired by and taken from TV and we'll be listening to ten of them
here. Unlike the works in the exhibition, these more ephemeral gestures
travel in different ways, often reinserting themselves back into mass
culture by means of mechanical reproduction, spread widely and thinly across
culture. In many cases, this type of distribution has impacted back upon
popular culture itself, creating an historical echo chamber. With no museum
needed to reframe these works as art, the mere displacement from one medium
into another creates an ecosystem unique to the recorded artifact,
distinctly different than that of the visual. These works live on,
perpetuating themselves in popular culture via the internet, as well as in
the form of LPs, cassette tapes, CDs and MP3s.

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials?id_capsula=782
MP3: http://rwm.macba.cat/uploads/specials/TVontheradio.mp3
Related information:

Ken Nordine "The Vidiot" (excerpt, 1957) from *Word Jazz* (Ken Nordine,
featuring The Fred Katz Group, Dot Records, 1957)
John Cage appears on the TV show *I've Got a Secret* and performs his
composition "Water Walk," 1960
Charlotte Moorman plays the TV Cello on Nam June Paik's television show, *Good
Morning Mr. Orwell*, interviewed by George Pimpton, 1984
Ferdinand Kriwet "Apollo Vision" (realisation: Ferdinand Kriwet; production:
Studio Akustische Kunst, WDR, Koln/SWF/BR; script: Klaus Schoning, 1969)
Donald Swearingen "Salvation at 1 AM" (1990) from *Radius #2: Transmissions
from Broadcast Artists* (¿What Next? Recordings, 1993)
Robert Watts "Interview" (1963) from *Fluxus Anthology* (Anthology Records,
Brian Joseph Davis "Voiceover" (MP3 from http://brianjosephdavis.com, 2006)
Robert Ashley *Perfect Lives: An Opera for Television* from "The Bar
(Differences)" (Lovely Music, 1983)
William S. Burroughs, "Present Time Exercises" from *Break Through In
Grey *Room
(Sub Rosa Records, 1971)
The Evolution Control Committee "Rocked by Rape" (MP3 from ECC website
http://evolution-control.com, 2002)
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