MicroBionic: Radical Electronic Music and Sound Art in the 21st Century

revised and expanded 2nd Edition

Author: Thomas Bey William Bailey

Publisher: Belsona Books Ltd.

ISBN: 0615736629

Category: Music

Page: 418

View: 8517

Micro Bionic is an exciting survey of electronic music and sound art from cultural critic and mixed-media artist Thomas Bey William Bailey. This superior revised edition includes all of the original supplements neglected by the publishers of the first edition, including a full index, bibliography, additional notes / commentary and an updated discography. As the title suggests, the unifying theme of the book is that of musicians and sound artists taking bold leaps forward in spite of (or sometimes because of) their financial, technological, and social restrictions. Some symptoms of this condition include the gigantic discography amassed by the one-man project Merzbow, the drama of silence enacted by onkyo and New Berlin Minimalism, the annihilating noise transmitted from the humble laptop computers of Russell Haswell and Peter Rehberg and much more besides. Although the journey begins in the Industrial 1980s, in order to trace how the innovations of that period have gained greater currency in the present, it surveys a wide array of artists breaking ground in the 21st century with radical attitudes and techniques. A healthy amount of global travel and concentrated listening have combined to make this a sophisticated yet accessible document, unafraid to explore both the transgressive extremes of this culture and the more deftly concealed interstices thereof. Part historical document, part survival manual for the marginalized electronic musician, part sociological investigation, Micro Bionic is a number of different things, and as such will likely generate a variety of reactions from inspiration to offense. Numerous exclusive interviews with leading lights of the field were also conducted for this book: William Bennett (Whitehouse), Peter Christopherson (r.i.p., Throbbing Gristle / Coil), Peter Rehberg, John Duncan, Francisco Lopez, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Bob Ostertag, Zbigniew Karkowski and many others weigh in with a diversity of thoughts and opinions that underscore the incredible diversity to be found within new electronic music itself."

Against Expression

An Anthology of Conceptual Writing

Author: Craig Dworkin,Kenneth Goldsmith

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810127113

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 593

View: 4181

Charles Bernstein has described conceptual "poetry pregnant with thought." Against Expression, the premier anthology of conceptual writing, presents work that is by turns thoughtful, funny, provocative, and disturbing. Editors Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith chart the trajectory of the conceptual aesthetic from early precursors such s Samuel Beckett and Marcel Duchamp through major avant-garde groups of the past century, including Dada, Oulipo, Fluxus, and language poetry, to name just a few. The works of more than a hundred writers from Aasprong to Zykov demonstrate a remarkable variety of new ways of thinking about the nature of texts, information, and art, using found, appropriated, and randomly generated texts to explore the possibilities of non-expressive language.

Oxford Dictionary of Nicknames

Author: Andrew Delahunty

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198609483

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 229

View: 7886

A reference for the general reader contains concise explanations of the origins of over 1,800 nicknames from contemporary and historical culture referring to historical figures, politicians, athletes, entertainers, places, events, and organizations.

Sound Clash

Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large

Author: C. Cooper

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403982600

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

View: 616

Megawattage sound systems have blasted the electronically-enhanced riddims and tongue-twisting lyrics of Jamaica's dancehall DJs across the globe. This high-energy raggamuffin music is often dismissed by old-school roots reggae fans as a raucous degeneration of classic Jamaican popular music. In this provocative study of dancehall culture, Cooper offers a sympathetic account of the philosophy of a wide range of dancehall DJs: Shabba Ranks, Lady Saw, Ninjaman, Capleton, Buju Banton, Anthony B and Apache Indian. Cooper also demonstrates the ways in which the language of dancehall culture, often devalued as mere 'noise,' articulates a complex understanding of the border clashes which characterize Jamaican society, and analyzes the sound clashes that erupt in the movement of Jamaican dancehall culture across national borders.

Sweet Violence

The Idea of the Tragic

Author: Terry Eagleton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047076595X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 5330

Terry Eagleton's Tragedy provides a major critical and analytical account of the concept of 'tragedy' from its origins in the Ancient world right down to the twenty-first century. A major new intellectual endeavour from one of the world's finest, and most controversial, cultural theorists. Provides an analytical account of the concept of 'tragedy' from its origins in the ancient world to the present day. Explores the idea of the 'tragic' across all genres of writing, as well as in philosophy, politics, religion and psychology, and throughout western culture. Considers the psychological, religious and socio-political implications and consequences of our fascination with the tragic.

The Underground History of American Education

A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling

Author: John Taylor Gatto

Publisher: Odysseus Group

ISBN: 9780945700043

Category: Education

Page: 412

View: 4376

The underground history of the American education will take you on a journey into the background, philosophy, psychology, politics, and purposes of compulsion schooling.


Author: Anonymous

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 132978152X

Category: Fiction

Page: 738

View: 6027

Hypersphere, written by Anonymous with the help of the 4chan board /lit/ (of The Legacy of Totalitarianism in a Tundra fame) is an epic tale spanning over 700 pages. A postmodern collaborative writing effort containing Slavoj Zižek erotica, top secret Donald Trump emails, poetry, repair instructions for future cars, a history of bottles in the Ottoman empire; actually, it contains everything since it takes place in the Hypersphere, and the Hypersphere is a big place; really big in fact.

Bad Girls of Japan

Author: L. Miller,J. Bardsley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403977127

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

View: 4762

Are bad girls casualties of patriarchy, a necessary evil, or visionary pioneers? The authors in this volume propose shifts in our perceptions of bad girls by providing new ways to understand them through the case of Japan. By tracing the concept of the bad girl as a product of specific cultural assumptions and historical settings, Bad Girls of Japan maps new roads and old detours in revealing a disorderly politics of gender. Bad Girls of Japan explores deviancy in richly diverse media: mountain witches, murderers, performance artists, cartoonists, schoolgirls and shoppers gone wild are all part of the terrain.

Avant-garde Videogames

Playing with Technoculture

Author: Brian Schrank,Jay David Bolter

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262027143

Category: Art

Page: 232

View: 1608

An exploration of avant-garde games that builds upon the formal and political modes of contemporary and historical art movements.

Calling the Doves

Author: Juan Felipe Herrera

Publisher: Children's Book Press

ISBN: 9780892391660

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 4600

The author recalls his childhood in the mountains and valleys of California with his farmworker parents who inspired him with poetry and song.

Generation Decks

The Unofficial History of Gaming Phenomenon Magic: The Gathering

Author: Titus Chalk

Publisher: Solaris

ISBN: 1786180677

Category: Games

Page: 288

View: 7214


The Video Watchdog Book

Author: Tim Lucas

Publisher: N.A


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 391

View: 6696

Read What You've Been Missing! This profusely illustrated video consumer guide is a must for all fans & collectors of Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy films on tape & disc. A companion to the popular VIDEO WATCHDOG Magazine, THE VIDEO WATCHDOG BOOK contains witty & informative descriptions of 100s of titles, including out-of-print rarities, alternate versions, foreign language & import releases, continuity errors... even detailed descriptions of missing (& censored) scenes! Written by video authority Tim Lucas, whose work has appeared in numerous books & magazines in the United States & Europe. Also includes an indispensible list of more than 650 retitled videos, a book index, plus a complete index to the first 12 issues of VIDEO WATCHDOG Magazine! Features a Foreword by cult Director Joe Dante (GREMLINS, THE HOWLING), a striking full-color cover by Stephen R. Bissette (SWAMP THING), & spot illustrations by Brian Thomas (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES). Here's what the experts say about VIDEO WATCHDOG: "Fascinating... the best effort of its kind I've seen!"--Vincent Price. "A thorough, accurate, & knowledgeable source that's as good as anything I've read!"--Christopher Lee. "Intriguing, thought-provoking, & marvelously obsessive!--USA TODAY.

The Mammoth Book of Erotic Romance and Domination

Author: Maxim Jakubowski

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1472111729

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 9800

BDSM/Bondage and Dominance and Submission, recently brought to such extraordinary prominence by 50 Shades of Grey, are perennially popular erotic themes. This collection of over 40 outstanding new stories by some of the best writers of erotica and romance, including Kay Jaybee, K. D. Grace and Rachel Kramer Bussel ? all shortlisted for the Erotic Writer of the Year award ? Donna George Storey, Sunday Times bestseller Vina Jackson, Booker-shortlisted Matt Thorne, Portia da Costa and Kristina Lloyd.

Diving and Snorkeling Cayman Islands

Author: Tim Rock

Publisher: Lonely Planet

ISBN: 1740598970

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 141

View: 9660

Recognized as the birthplace of diving in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands are among the world's top dive destinations with their clear waters, plunging walls and prolific. marine life - including the famous rays of Stingray City. This book describes the well-established dive operations and the best sites in the region, some just minutes from the beach. Detailed dive information to 68 sites. Full-color photos throughout. Easy-to-read maps of dive regions. Guide to marine life. Travel logistics and topside attractions.

Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture

Author: Catherine M. Roach

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 0857850946

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 562

Moving from first hand interviews with dancers and others, this book broadens into an accessible examination of the popularity of "striptease culture," with sex-saturated media imagery, and stripper aerobics at your local gym. It aims to scrutinize the truth of a industry whose norms are increasingly at the center of contemporary society.

Noises in the Blood

Orality, Gender, and the “Vulgar” Body of Jamaican Popular Culture

Author: Carolyn Cooper

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822315957

Category: History

Page: 214

View: 5258

The language of Jamaican popular culture—its folklore, idioms, music, poetry, song—even when written is based on a tradition of sound, an orality that has often been denigrated as not worthy of serious study. In Noises in the Blood, Carolyn Cooper critically examines the dismissed discourse of Jamaica’s vibrant popular culture and reclaims these cultural forms, both oral and textual, from an undeserved neglect. Cooper’s exploration of Jamaican popular culture covers a wide range of topics, including Bob Marley’s lyrics, the performance poetry of Louise Bennett, Mikey Smith, and Jean Binta Breeze, Michael Thelwell’s novelization of The Harder They Come, the Sistren Theater Collective’s Lionheart Gal, and the vitality of the Jamaican DJ culture. Her analysis of this cultural "noise" conveys the powerful and evocative content of these writers and performers and emphasizes their contribution to an undervalued Caribbean identity. Making the connection between this orality, the feminized Jamaican "mother tongue," and the characterization of this culture as low or coarse or vulgar, she incorporates issues of gender into her postcolonial perspective. Cooper powerfully argues that these contemporary vernacular forms must be recognized as genuine expressions of Jamaican culture and as expressions of resistance to marginalization, racism, and sexism. With its focus on the continuum of oral/textual performance in Jamaican culture, Noises in the Blood, vividly and stylishly written, offers a distinctive approach to Caribbean cultural studies.

A Clockwork Apple

Author: Belinda Webb

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905636174

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

View: 2971

At last - an antithesis to chick-lit. Set in a dystopic Manchester, A Clockwork Apple introduces Alex, an angry young heroine for our times who rages against the middling 'Blytons' and all they stand for. Her gang is all female, the state's control is exercised through addiction therapy, and Alex's solace is in high literature and postmodern deconstructionism!

Restless Shades

Tales of Lurking Horror

Author: Paul Melniczek

Publisher: Double Dragon Pub

ISBN: 9781894841238

Category: Fiction

Page: 136

View: 8668

Restless Shades is a collection of horrifying tales brought to the brave reader from the whisperings of a dark and sinister mind - Paul Melniczek -- from p. 4 of cover.

Murphy Lives Here

Author: Merryl J. Polak

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615555638

Category: Artificial insemination

Page: 228

View: 4459

Initially apprehensive about becoming a mother, Emma mapped out her life plans steered by fulfillment of a happy marriage and career. She thought she might one day feel ready and willing to add the role of mother to her life's responsibilities, but she had not quite figured out when that would occur. When Emma's biological clock smacked her upside the head and she suddenly craved motherhood over every other aspect of life, she was stunned to discover that she could not get pregnant. After a year of ovulation test kits and timed baby making under her belt, it was inevitable that other avenues needed exploration. After pursuing every option, including adoption, Emma learned that becoming a parent was not as simple a process as she had always envisioned.