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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,

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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