[microsound-announce] New podcast: MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Kenneth Goldsmith. Part I

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Fri Jul 13 12:07:50 EDT 2012

*New podcast: MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Kenneth Goldsmith.
Part I*

Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of Ubuweb, takes us on a journey through his
personal history as a sound collector.

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/research/memorabilia_kenneth_goldsmith/capsula
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*Produced by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros*

Ubuweb may not be an ordinary sound archive, precisely because Kenneth
Goldsmith is no ordinary archivist. He himself is quick to refer to his
lack of training in the field as both a disadvantage and a strength, and
the sum of the two produced the amateur immediacy that made it possible to
create and develop such an ambitious repository, conceived and managed
outside of the usual channels. Ubuweb has always been a true reflection of
Goldsmith’s personality and way of looking at the world, and this becomes
apparent in this personal reconstruction of a lifetime of sound collecting.
Starting with childhood memories of his grandfather’s book collection,
Goldsmith looks back over the path that began with him as an avid music
consumer and led him to (or to better understand) his obsessive dedication
to the ‘accumulation of cultural artefacts’ and ultimately to founding

Goldsmith remains aloof from some of the practices traditionally associated
with music and sound collecting, and chooses abundance over rivalry and
exclusivity, the content of records over their appearance or condition, so
that listening is stripped of many of its tangential elements (what William
Bennett calls ‘transparent concessions’). Goldsmith’s personal history as a
collector is essentially the history of the disintegration of the object,
which plays out in parallel to the evolution of sound media and the
emergence of the digital networks, in which the values and interests of
this accidental archivist and poet find their natural habitat. From Howlin’
Wolf to Joseph Beuys, from the Beatles to People Like Us, the
deconstruction of Goldsmith’s collections sheds light on his tendency to
continue to stockpile beyond the limits of the humanly graspable, his
interest in eccentricity and the unexpected that pays no heed to artistic
genres, and his incurable obsession with sharing with his peers.

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More episodes on sound collecting: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/memorabilia_tag/

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