systems aesthetics & sound art

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.

how to sit in with an ensemble, without actually having to be there

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.