Vanhanen, Jane

2003

Virtual Sound: Examining Glitch and Production

Contemporary Music Review: Vol. 22, Issue 4. London: Routledge: 45-52.

URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/07494467.asp

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Creative Abuse Socio-Cultural Aspects of Electroacoustic Music Computer Music Digital Music Glitch

Abstract:

The arrival of so called laptop music in the late 1990s also created a distinctively new aesthetic, which utilised the errors and disturbances taking place in digital sound processing. This focus on the glitch became an emblematic sound and signalled a new approach to the relation between the sound artists and the tools of music production by focussing on the production process itself. There has been a steady increase in the quantity of music produced under the concept of glitch, and its "aesthetics of failure" has lost much of its avant-garde status by becoming a part of an established musical vocabulary. In this article the author considers the laptop producer’s role, which overlaps academia and popular culture, by offering further analysis on the concept of glitch and the production process concluding that the laptop artist inhabits a paradoxical position, both culturally (academia/pop) and aesthetically (artistry/mechanic production).