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In No Medium, Craig Dworkin appears to be like at works which are clean, erased, transparent, or silent, writing significantly and substantively approximately works for which there would appear to be not just not anything to work out yet not anything to assert. tested heavily, those ostensibly contentless artworks, literature, and track aspect to a brand new figuring out of media and the bounds of the inventive item. Dworkin considers works predicated on clean sheets of paper, from a fictional choice of poems in Jean Cocteau's Orphée to the particular ebook of a ream of typing paper as a publication of poetry; he compares Robert Rauschenberg's Erased De Kooning Drawing to the artist Nick Thurston's erased replica of Maurice Blanchot's The area of Literature (in which merely Thurston's marginalia have been visible); and he scrutinizes the sexual politics of photographic illustration and the consequences of obscured or obliterated matters of photos. Reexamining the well-known case of John Cage's 4'33", Dworkin hyperlinks Cage's composition to Rauschenberg's White Paintings, Ken Friedman's Zen for Record (and Nam June Paik's Zen for Film), and different works, supplying additionally a "guide to additional listening" that surveys greater than a hundred ratings and recordings of "silent" song. Dworkin argues that we should always comprehend media now not as clean, base issues yet as social occasions, and that there's no medium, understood in isolation, yet merely and continuously a plurality of media: interpretive actions happening in socially inscribed space.

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Although even that rather reduce frequency isn’t prone to be reproduced on so much sound structures. If you’ve acquired a very good stereo, flip it up rather loud and notice how the neighbor’s puppy reacts. Mieko Shiomi: A Musical Dictionary of eighty humans round Fluxus (? documents 10, 2002). song priceless of the OuLiPo, within which Shiomi “describes” each one of these humans both by means of figuring out one in all their works, placing a signature compositional approach into perform, or via a common pastiche of strategy or timbre, yet in all occasions utilizing merely the pitches to be had from the letters within the dedicatee’s identify. The disc from Galerie Hundertmark doesn’t fit the rigor of its proposal with musicianship—a few choices characteristic Shiomi’s lackluster keyboard paintings, whereas others are left to an both impassioned computer-driven synthesizer. After a number of tracks one needs Shiomi had waited many years and as a substitute recorded a functionality of her 2008 piano ranking which includes a fermata over a unmarried degree rest—a pause of indefinite length sustained by means of the directions to “repeat indefinitely” and tempered with a tempi of grave. because it is, the easiest piece is #56, for Yoko Ono, whose identify correctly refused to provide any notes. Yoko Ono and John Lennon: Unfinished track 2: existence with the Lions (Zapple ST-3357, 1969). in this follow-up to 2 Virgins, taped within the Queen Charlotte’s Maternity health facility (London) the place Ono was once staying, you will listen a model of her 1963 occasion rankings “Beat Piece” (“Listen to a middle beat”) and “Pulse Piece” (“Listen to every other’s pulse through / placing your ear at the other’s / stomach”). 19 the second one music at the B facet files the in utero heartbeat of her baby, ahead of its miscarriage. At two times the size of the pro-forma memorial tribute, the next “Two mins Silence” is definitely lengthy sufficient to impress uncomfortable mirrored image, yet now not so sustained that it drifts past its topic into expressionless avant-garde territory. To list is to come to the center (Latin re + cor), and the following recording is abjured. certainly unhappy. although no definitive recording ever emerged, the anti-expressivist wing of the japanese onkyo-kei (sound reverberation institution) model of minimum gesture have been relocating towards operating solely with non-networked apparatus ahead of the instant handed. The musicians themselves might item, yet you may examine it as utilized Zen. extra ascetic than religious, a few performances matched Otomo Yoshihide and Akiyama Tetzui on empty turntables with Sachiko Matsubara on the sampler, yet without samples (only its sine wave test)—all combined jointly via Toshimaru Nakamura’s mixer with none enter. For reference, audition solid Morning stable evening (Erstwhile 042-2, 2004), which appears like an previous grade-school listening to try out, deep in a few cinderblock nurse’s place of work, misadministered with defective war-surplus apparatus. however, it can be higher to meditate at the inspiration than to truly hear; attempt to think the hand of 1 clap sounding (in applause). Institut für Feinmotorik: Penetrans (Staubgold 25, 2002).

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