Twenty-five or so years ago I read Jack Burnham’s 1968 essay on systems aesthetics and the visual arts. Recently I ran across it and on rereading it was struck by how applicable the concept of systems aesthetics is to much current sound art. For Percorsi Musicali I set out some thoughts on the subject, with a focus on the netlabels Treetrunk and Vuzh.
My friends Jim Adams and Chris Videll—BLK TAG—have just put out a release on the Onyudo label featuring live and studio recordings of their psychologically fraught electronic soundscapes. A track recorded live at the National Electronics Museum has me sitting in virtually: Samples of my work were included in its source material. Low tones for dark drones.