Chromedrones (2009) - Aaron Meyers

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Chromedrones is a sound toy in your web browser. You can create sound-resonating attractor pop-up windows by pressing the 'a' key. The particles from the main window will feed the attractors energy that allow them to produce sound.

-- FROM CHROMEDRONES ENTRY ON CHROME EXPERIMENTS

Note: It is advised to use headphones.

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The Tiny Drum Machine (v. 4) (2007) - The Pixel Plant

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For other versions of The Tiny Drum Machine, click here.

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ToneWheels (2009) - Andre Michelle

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The particles have their own note value, while the wheels affect their octave. Drag them all to alter the melody.

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Raindrop Melody Maker (2009) - Lullatone and Secondary School

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Play (And Record) The Piano (2010) - Kokokaka

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String Theories (2008) - Sinem Erkas

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Imperfect Sound Forever

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Many scholars within the field of media archaeology opt to focus on the backstory behind an influential medium or technology and map out how its inception and organizational logic (re)shaped the world. An alternative approach is the excavation and arrangement of fringe/forgotten prototypes into an array to problematize dominant historical narratives regarding technological progress. Caleb Kelly's recent text Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction uses two consumer technologies, the phonograph and the compact disc, to survey 20th century musical and artistic production. The book catalogs a broad range of experimentation with these playback technologies to create detailed timelines of misuse and critical engagement. In bracketing this realm of sound-producing practice, Kelly proposes "cracked media," a subversion of technological devices whereby "...tools of media playback are expanded beyond their original function as a simple playback device for prerecorded sound or image." Given the prominence of the glitch and lo-fi malformed digital artifacts everywhere from media art to pop music to web video, it is easy to take the aesthetics of failure for granted. The investigation executed within Cracked Media prefigures many of the discussions that underpin generative and glitch aesthetics by focusing on work that foregrounds and interrogates the materiality of two specific mediums. Kelly methodically tracks projects that subvert the CD and phonograph over the entire 20th century and in doing so he builds a fascinating discourse about musical performance and reproduction that is equally comfortable referencing Friedrich Kittler as DJ Qbert.

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Brian Eno - Imaginary Landscapes

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Synth Britannia

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Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesizer from the experimental fringes to the center of the pop stage.










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XLR8R TV Episode 13: Detroit Ghettotech

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