Pulverizer of the Past

My friend Chris got some great NYT facetime with this article about his zany intermissions project. Some of the listening is really interesting, and the concept is a riot. Chris is someone that has a very unique relationship to sound, and I love him for it. The only thing weird about the article is that they put "sound-artist" in quotes as though that is a term which is either from another language or just not acceptable yet. Good job Chris, if anybody could get the word sound-artist in the Times you could. (Though usually you say Phonographer no?)

I came across these quotes that are relevant to Chris' work today:

"The musician, once outside the rules of harmony tries to understand and master the laws of acoustics in order to make them the mode of production of a new sound matter. Liberated from the constraints of the old codes, his discourse become non-localisable. Pulveriser of the past, he displays all of the characteristics of the technocracy..." (Jacques Attali)

"...In other words, digital freedom comes with a price attached: confusion gets disseminated from the fringes as much as from power centres. It therefore becomes the task of acoustic engineers to make a humanised noise, to wrestle the new tools into a language usable and accessible by the listener." (Rob Young from Worship the Glitch)

Audio Clips From “Music Before and Between Beethoven, Stravinsky, Holst”
Audio “After Beethoven” (mp3)

Audio “SF Variations” (mp3)

Audio “Holst, Hitherto” (mp3)

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