Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction by Caleb Kelly

By Caleb Kelly

From the mid-twentieth century into the twenty-first, artists and musicians manipulated, cracked, and broke audio media applied sciences to provide novel sounds and performances. Artists and musicians, together with John Cage, Nam June Paik, Yasunao Tone, and Oval, pulled aside either playback units (phonographs and compact disc gamers) and the recorded media (vinyl files and compact discs) to create a longer sound palette. In Cracked Media, Caleb Kelly explores how the planned usage of the mostly bad (a crack, a holiday) has turn into the location of efficient construction. Cracked media, Kelly writes, slides throughout disciplines, via tune, sound, and noise. Cracked media encompasses every little thing from Cage's silences and indeterminacies, to Paik's frequently funny tape works, to the chilly and fresh sounds of electronic glitch within the paintings of Tone and Oval. Kelly bargains an in depth old account of those practices, arguing that they are often learn as precursors to modern new media.

Kelly appears on the nature of recording know-how and the tune when it comes to the crack and the holiday, and discusses a number of the manifestations of noise, concluding that neither theories of recording nor theories of noise provide an enough framework for figuring out cracked media. Connecting the old avant-garde to modern day turntablism, and predigital damaging ideas to the electronic ticks, pops, and clicks of the glitch, Kelly proposes new media theorizations of cracked media that target materiality and the typical.

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The first chapter, “Recording and Noise: Approaches to Cracked Media,” discusses the nature of recording technology and the music industry in relation to the crack and break. It will be seen that the flow of production and consumption is transformed as practitioners produce new and unique sound practices out of what were intended to be sealed, finished products. This chapter will also pay close attention to noise and discuss its various manifestations in relation to the practices of the crack and break.

Similarly, cracked media may be useless for its intended purpose (that is, the seamless and transparent playback of recorded media), but it is still useful for the creation of new sound and performance techniques. The sounds produced through cracked technology are filled with noise, as unintended and extramusical sounds are pulled from the technology as it is pushed to the edge of breaking. The temporary crack is closest in intent to manipulation and is closely related to the impermanent preparation of musical instruments.

In Noise: The Political Economy of Music, Attali uses Marxist historical determinism to discuss the development of music. Music is, for Attali, a prophetic force, as it foreshadows developments in capitalism and history before other material effects are perceived.

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