[microsound-announce] official release of "Unofficial Release"

John Hopkins jhopkins at tech-no-mad.net
Fri Apr 13 17:18:27 EDT 2012

Another book release that might interest some of you old (and young!) sonic 
networkers ;-):


The culture of self-released music and sound art is one of the most vital, yet 
most overlooked, phenomena resulting from the 20th century revolution in 
communications technology. In this volume, Thomas Bailey surveys a fascinating 
realm of creative activity and identifies the key individuals and developments 
responsible for its continued relevance in the present age. From the networked 
“mail art” of the 1970s, to the home-taping boom, to the establishment of music 
labels dealing solely in digital sound files, this culture provides valuable 
insight into the evolution of the “official” art market and the artists who 
bypass it. Along the way, we are introduced to a world where networks are 
artworks in themselves, where blank tapes and recordable CDs are fashioned into 
elaborate art objects, and where relative freedom from creative supervision 
leads to both colorful innovations and violent aesthetic extremes.

‘Unofficial Release’ features material on mail art, cassette culture, industrial 
music, handmade packaging, releasing addiction, anti-promotion, net-labels, 
digital file sharing, circumventing censorship, extremist metal, sound poetry, 
imaginary music, ‘outsider’ art, tape nostalgia…and much more!

Exclusive long-form interviews are also included with artists such as Frans de 
Waard, Vittore Baroni, Rod Summers, GX Jupitter-Larsen and others, along with 
new insights from theorists and artists as varied as ‘Gen’ Ken Montgomery, The 
Tapeworm, Alexei Monroe (author of Interrogation Machine and more), Oren 
Ambarchi, and David Tibet. Also includes front and back cover photography 
courtesy of Scott Konzelmann / Chop Shop.

Unofficial Release is the first title available on the newly revived Belsona 
Books Ltd. imprint, TBWB’s home for personal projects that, while of a high 
written standard, can’t wait to be approved by peer review or accepted by 
established publishers.


John Hopkins
Watching the Tao rather than watching the Dow!

John Hopkins
Watching the Tao rather than watching the Dow!

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