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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

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag