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A few words on Kim Cascone's blackCube () ..

" 'The quantity of intelligence carried by the sounds must be the true criterion of the validity of a particular music.' Iannis Xenakis

Under the title Concept Queens, Kim Cascone posted this apparent quote from Xenakis to the email list on August 25, 2003. Like a grain it arrived in my Inbox, translated from bits and bytes to my intelligence, an out-of-context imperative for not only the contextualization of music but its judgement. With no proper citation, it was a shard of something substantial left unsaid. And properly invalidated. And yet it said all it needed to say like a commandment, this sliver was simple if left unquestioned. If left in its apparent purity, unhooked from its networks of questioning, it provides the safety and comfort of any dogma or divine proclamation."

.. find it here on

posted. Sat - August 30, 2003 @ 12:53 PM           |