[microsound-announce] Probes #1, a new podcast series by Chris Cutler

Radio Web MACBA rwm2008 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 06:22:12 EDT 2012

Curated by Chris Cutler, PROBES takes Marshall McLuhan’s conceptual
contrapositions as a starting point to analyse and expose the search for a
new sonic language made urgent after the collapse of tonality in the
twentieth century. The series looks at the many probes and experiments that
were launched in the last century in search of new musical resources, and a
new aesthetic; for ways to make music adequate to a world transformed by
disorientating technologies.

The studio transcript for Probes #1, the new podcast series by Chris
Cutler, is now available. For this series we will be publishing the
transcripts before the podcasts. Stay tuned.

Link: http://bit.ly/NHKy50
Transcript (PDF): http://bit.ly/M6RM5J


In the late nineteenth century two facts conspired to change the face of
music: the collapse of common practice tonality (which overturned the
underpinning the world of Art music), and the invention of a revolutionary
new form of memory, sound recording (which redefined and greatly empowered
world of popular music). A tidal wave of probes and experiments into new
musical resources and new organisational practices ploughed through both
bringing parts of each onto shared terrain before rolling on to underpin a
new aesthetics able to follow sound and its manipulations beyond the narrow
of ‘music’. This series tries analytically to trace and explain these
developments, and to show how, and why, both musical and post-musical
genres take the forms they do. This first programme sets the scene and
investigates early reconsiderations of pitch: probes that postulate new
scales to be constructed through the ever-greater subdivision of the
inherited intervals of equal temperament.

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