Leonardo - Groove Pit & Wave

Spin that wheel, pump up the volume, yadda yadda... the 2003 issue--that being the 13th edition--of the Leonardo Music Journal is finally out, entitled 'Groove, Pit & Wave: Recording, Transmission and Music'. Here's the blurb (& for the record I have a piece in it, or at least, in the online component, although the Extended Abstract currently published and the listed title are incorrect!):

Groove, Pit and Wave: Recording, Transmission and Music
Leonardo Music Journal Volume 13
edited by Nicolas Collins

Despite Thomas Edison's assumption that the gramophone was nothing more than a sonic autograph album---suitable only for playing back the speeches of famous people---over the last 100 years recording has radically transformed the composition, dissemination and consumption of music. Similarly, the businesslike dots & dashes of Morse and Marconi have evolved into a music-laden web of radio masts, dishes, satellites, cables and servers. Sound is encoded in grooves on vinyl, particles on tape and pits in plastic; it travels as acoustic pressure, electromagnetic waves and pulses of light.

The rise of the DJ in the last two decades has signaled the arrival of the medium as the instrument---the crowning achievement of a generation for whom tapping the remote control is as instinctive as tapping two sticks together. Turntables, CD players, radios, tape recorders (and their digital emulations) are played, not merely heard; scratching, groove noise, CD glitches, tape hiss and radio interference are the sound of music, not sound effects. John Cage's 1960 Cartridge Music has yet to enter the charts, but its sounds are growing more familiar.

Leonardo Music Journal Volume 13 (LMJ13) and this accompanying special issue of LEA focuses on the role of recording and/or transmission in the creation, performance and distribution of music: contributing their thoughts on these topics here in LEA are Christopher Burns and Matthew Burtner, Michael Bussiˆ®re, Marlena
Corcoran, Trace Reddell and Tobias C. van Veen. In the print issue, these topics are discussed by Peter Manning, Yasunao Tone, Douglas Kahn with Christian Marclay, Nick Collins, David First, Matthew Burtner, Guy-Marc Hinant, Caleb Stuart, ˆÅlvaro Barosa, Holger Schulze, Sˆ©rgio Freire and Philip Sherburne.

LMJ13 includes Splitting Bits, Closing Loops: Sound on Sound, an audio CD curated by Philip Sherburne. The CD features pieces from an eclectic mix of composers/performers: AGF, M. Behrens, Alejandra & Aeron, DAT Politics, Stephan Mathieu, Francisco Lˆ„pez, Institut fuer Feinmotorik, Janek Schaefer, Steve Roden, Scanner, and Stephen Vitiello.

posted. Sat - December 27, 2003 @ 07:09 PM           |