Byrne, David

2002

Machines of Joy: I Have Seen the Future and It Is Squiggly

Leonardo Music Journal: Vol. 12. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 7-10.

URL: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/lmj

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Socio-Cultural Aspects of Electroacoustic Music Electronica Glitch

Abstract:

In this article, the author discusses the relationship between human and machine in Northern European "Blip Hop" music. The embrace of electronic and computer technology by the region’s inhabitants finds its musical expression in peculiar stylistic attributes. The author identifies a preference for obviously non-natural sounds, an avoidance of rhythms easily danced to and a disposition toward effects only achievable through computers (as well as the sounds of the malfunctions and failures of such technologies) as indicative of Northern European acceptance of this modern symbiosis.