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Quick reviews - recommended books - (sent to various email lists - might
be of interest here?) -

Hello Avatar, Rise of the Networked Generation, B. Coleman, MIT, 2011

- Highly recommend this book which isn't the usual first-person
narrative, but carefully builds a theoretical structure for analyzing
the phenomenology of avatars, which we might be taking increasingly
for granted; the days of Sherry Turkle's Life on the Screen have been
replaced by life. I like the breadth and time-line of the book. I
picked up the copy at Eyebeam; it's one of the more useful recent
volumes of theory/sociology/philosophy of new media to emerge.

Noise Channels, Glitch and Error in Digital Culture, Peter Krapp,
Minnesota, 2011

 

 
People: Alan Sondheim
Research: Sound
Tags: synthesis, sound, analog

 

resurrection.mp3

http://www.alansondheim.org/resurrection.mp3

o.mp3 universe.mp3 !

ending.mp3 and.mp3 after.mp3 everything.mp3
something.mp3 occurring.mp3 again.mp3 all.mp3 memory.mp3
i.mp3 was.mp3 here.mp3 before.mp3 yes.mp3 i.mp3 was.mp3
and.mp3 singing.mp3 singing.mp3 singing.mp3

 

foreign voices

http://www.alansondheim.org/install5.mp3

well, foreign voices are the swallowing of unaccustomed throats,
taking advantage of vocal apparatus designed around the halo
of a species, everything is built from phonemes and bandwidths,
onsets and denouements, and every language is a language, well,
every sound a language meandering, from the depths of the world,
a tree falls and no one is around, ah well, the tree speaks to
others of its kind, or the tree speaks and speaks, and listens,
there's that failure, of its falling and its failure of hearing,
another language disappearing, another skein, interrogatives and
interjections, nightly murmurs, bamboo, this isn't foreign,

 

Invisible City

http://www.alansondheim.org/toaster1.mp4

the Newtek Toaster was an analog/digital fx unit that
was widely used 15 years ago. it's possible to recreate
the fx in digital with some degree of accuracy. that's
what's going on here. I write with a 'slight fever'
brought on by who knows what. the result is Invisible
City which reverts the real back into the layering of
Second Life. the city dissolves, or rather the always
already dissolved city is reeled back into the apparent.
I insist this is the truth of the city, that everything
else is fiction. my insistence is performative.

 

I WILL FIND JOSEPH BEUYS.I AM JOSEPH BEUYS. I AM UNDER THIS GURNEYYOU ARE NOT UNDER THIS GURNEY. I RUN DOWN THE HALL I HEAR RUNNING.I AM RUNNING AND I WILL JUMP UNDER THIS CANVAS TENT.I HEAR JUMPING UNDER THIS CANVAS TENT. THE TENTPOLES ARE IRON RODS.JOSEPH BEUYS IS NOT UNDER THIS CANVAS TENT. JOSEPH BEUYS IS HIDING.LOOK UNDER THIS GURNEY JOSEPH BEUYS SAYS. I AM UNDER THIS GURNEY.HE TURNS THE CORNER AND RUNS DOWN THE STAIRS. I HIDE FROM HIM.HE RUNS AFTER ME. HE LIFTS UP THE CORNER OF THE GURNEY.HE DOES NOT LIFT UP THE CORNER OF THE GURNEY. I RUN ACROSS THE ROOM.THE ROOM IS A GRAY AND WHITE ROOM. THE ROOM IS IN A HOSPITAL.THE ROOM IS IN A LARGE ROOM WITH MANY BEDS. JOSEPH BEUYS IS IN A BED.I AM NOT IN A BED. I AM UNDER THE GURNEY. I RUN AFTER HIM.JOSEPH BEUYS RUNS DOWN A HALL. JOSEPH BEUYS RUNS DOWN THE STAIRS.I AM RUNNING DOWN THE STAIRS. THERE IS A GURNEY. I HIDE UNDER IT.I AM NOT HIDING UNDER IT. JOSEPH BEUYS IS RUNNING ACROSS THE ROOM.I AM NOT RUNNING ACROSS THE ROOM.

 
People: Alan Sondhein
Research: Urban Research
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