Hearing the Cloud: Can Music Help Reimagine The Future?

Hearing the Cloud: Can Music Help Reimagine The Future?

by Emile Frankel


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Can music be a curse? Here is an alternate history of online politics and new technology from the perspective of listening, typing, composing, and shared hearing. Emile Frankel presents a rigorous account of a world felt to be in crisis. The aesthetic and tonal ramifications for such feelings are twisted within the oppressive online structures mediating new music. The legacies of Silicon Valley digitalism, 4chan, Less Wrong, and Chaos Magic are compared to the magical thinking which underlies stochastic composition, and the aesthetics of deconstructed club music. Despite a pessimistic account of Accelerationism and reactionary philosophy, Frankel's spirited writing is full of hope. Hearing the Cloud considers the communal online conversations we engage in daily as profound acts of defiance. Sweet, lithe, oily, and honest music is shown to be an important source of togetherness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785358388
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Pages: 241
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Emile Frankel is a writer and composer researching the changing conditions of online listening. Author of Hearing the Cloud, the political interactions between technology and culture are set against dystopian fantasies and the ecological crises of the near future. In addition to internationally performed video game pieces and orchestral works, Frankel lectures and can be found on community radio. He lives in Victoria, Australia.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Mackerel Sky 1

Prologue 2

Chapter 1 Sweet Music 19

Atmospheres for Content 25

Silent Vector-Graph of the Somatic Gamer 35

Listening to the Weather 43

Chapter 2 Enchantment can be Formalised 51

Lexachast Desire and Representation 58

Zone of Uncertainty 63

Stochastic Magic 73

Meatspace and The Wired 79

Chapter 3 Revenant Speed: Spirits of the Singularity 94

Malediction and Cyber-Nihilism 99

Zoom Zoom Fragmentation as Progress? 106

Crisis is an Energy 120

Exit Music 1 124

Part 2 Flooded World 133

Prologue 134

Chapter 4 Oil Music 140

Cellophane Ghost Nets 144

Virtual Ambience for the End of the World 152

Chapter 5 Chimeric Flesh and the Hyper-Child 165

The Hyper-Child 168

A Slimy Coming of Age 175

Chapter 6 Whispered Honesty 193

The Gentle Rub of Designer Suit Material 195

Disappearing Irony 199

Epilogue: An Abandoned Oil Rig Stands in for the Garden of Eden 208

Acknowledgements 213

Notes 214

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