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Live from a Hard Drive

Live from a Hard Drive

Live from a Hard Drive is the title of a chapter in Aram Sinnreich's recent book, Mashed Up: Music Technology, and the Rise of Configurable Culture. The chapter examines the composition/performance binary we find throughout western music and western thought. As part of a larger work that examines a variety of binaries in his book, Sinnreich's chapter provides a useful way to begin talking about configurable musicians and the ways in which they illuminate eurocentric binaries inherent in western musics and put into crisis a "modern discursive framework" that underpins how we might imagine music in the digital age to operate.

The following videos will help familiarize and contextualize this week's talk,

DJ Craze--> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCA4yiPfFIg

Fresh Kils--> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vdsDZpWRZ8

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.