One step beyond, literally a ‘madness’!
The last two weeks have been hectic in my mind. The Cambridge conference went better than I expected, I feel like I was bombardised with so much information I cannot even handle it. I was fascinated by the Sociologists’ work (Georgina Born and Nick Prior) even though I felt so depressed after their talks (“I’ll never be THAT good…”). These people have a language of their own, a code that can be understood by the rest of us, but it’s so hard to speak. Good for them I suppose!
Anyway, I’m still writing my upgrade. But there are many changes in there.
1) Circuit bending, 8 bit, hardware hacking and all the relevant DIY electronic music technoculture shall be examined as “glitch”. Extending the idea of glitch as a sociocultural phenomenon, rather just than a music genre, I see the re-purposing of technology as a sort of a ‘malfunction’, but without its negative burden. Errors are a key concept for DIY electronics and are part of the making process (we could be looking towards a materiality of errors in fact).
2) These communities could be seen as a part of a maker culture (see previous post). Obviously, their histories can be derived from hacker culture, demoscene, and the like, but at this moment they represent the musical aspect of maker culture due to their DIY character of making music and the relevant technology.
These are the two arguments I will examine in “The social relationships of DIY electronic music technoculture”.