Rhythm Science

Rhythm Science

Paul D. Miller / Feb 29, 2020
Rhythm Science The art of the mix creates a new language of creativity Once you get into the flow of things you re always haunted by the way that things could have turned out This outcome that conclusion You get m
  • Title: Rhythm Science
  • Author: Paul D. Miller
  • ISBN: 9780262632874
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • The art of the mix creates a new language of creativity Once you get into the flow of things, you re always haunted by the way that things could have turned out This outcome, that conclusion You get my drift The uncertainty is what holds the story together, and that s what I m going to talk about Rhythm ScienceThe conceptual artist Paul Miller, also known as Dj SpThe art of the mix creates a new language of creativity Once you get into the flow of things, you re always haunted by the way that things could have turned out This outcome, that conclusion You get my drift The uncertainty is what holds the story together, and that s what I m going to talk about Rhythm ScienceThe conceptual artist Paul Miller, also known as Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid, delivers a manifesto for rhythm science the creation of art from the flow of patterns in sound and culture, the changing same Taking the Dj s mix as template, he describes how the artist, navigating the innumerable ways to arrange the mix of cultural ideas and objects that bombard us, uses technology and art to create something new and expressive and endlessly variable Technology provides the method and model information on the web, like the elements of a mix, doesn t stay in one place And technology is the medium, bridging the artist s consciousness and the outside world.Miller constructed his Dj Spooky persona spooky from the eerie sounds of hip hop, techno, ambient, and the other music that he plays as a conceptual art project, but then came to see it as the opportunity for coding a generative syntax for new languages of creativity For example Start with the inspiration of George Herriman s Krazy Kat comic strip Make a track invoking his absurd landscapesWhat do tons and tons of air pressure moving in the atmosphere sound like Make music that acts a metaphor for that kind of immersion or density Or, for an online remix of two works by Marcel Duchamp I took a lot of his material written on music and flipped it into a DJ mix of his visual material with him rhyming Tracing the genealogy of rhythm science, Miller cites sources and influences as varied as Ralph Waldo Emerson all minds quote , Grandmaster Flash, W E B Dubois, James Joyce, and Eminem The story unfolds while the fragments coalesce, he writes.Miller s textual provocations are designed for maximum visual and tactile seduction by the international studio COMA Cornelia Blatter and Marcel Hermans They sustain the book s motifs of recontextualizing and relayering, texts and images bleed through from page to page, creating what amount to 2.5 dimensional vectors From its remarkable velvet flesh cover, to the die cut hole through the center of the book, which reveals the colored nub holding in place the included audio CD, Rhythm Science Excerpts and Allegories from the Sub Rosa Archives, this pamphlet truly lives up to Editorial Director Peter Lunenfeld s claim that the Mediawork Pamphlets are theoretical fetish objects zines for grown ups.
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    1. I can t believe I read the whole thing but I did because I wanted to excerpt something from it for my Remix course, as I was curious about how 20 yr olds would respond to his associative remixed prose To me, it was less a book than the extended liner notes of a pretentious teenager on acid The format is very high concept there s a hole in the middle of each page and every other spread is graphics, tho not very interesting graphics I have nothing but respect for what Miller aka DJ Spooky does, bu [...]


    2. In Rhythm Science, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid draws on theory and poplar culture alike to look at how ideas, sounds and media across time speak to one another in this era of multiplex consciousness Using the figure of the DJ as his primary example, he verbally, visually and aurally explores the art and science of sampling to demonstrate the ways in which technology continues to influence the way we create and connect with one another For those interested in remix culture and e [...]


    3. DJ Spooky Paul D Miller is a great musician and he is very intelligent he s also insane.This book is a complete stream of consciousness essay on media, technology and their interactions and the parallels with the interaction of life and art art imitating life imitating art etc etc I found this book very thought provoking This essay is definitely one of the most apt portrayals of the epistemology and philosophy of art of my technically savvy generation While this book is stream of consciousness, [...]


    4. Though very short, and not tackling very difficult concepts, this was a difficult book to read The style is like a prose poem than an essay With the exception of some quotable and interesting epigrams home is where your cell phone is is a good one , the work may not be worth reading for its thesis Its main points can all be found in other essays Foucault s What Is An Author seems to be a big influence and the essay revisits points throughout, which prompted me to think did I already read this p [...]


    5. I got a lot of enjoyment from reading this book, which contains many highly quotable sections Unfortunately it suffers from a lack of direction, jumping from one concept to another, rarely giving each one as much consideration as it deserves There are many sections of fluid esoteric prose if only it would coagulate Rhythm Science does however do a good job of planting seeds in ones mind with respect to reconsidering what function a DJ performs, and what meaning or influence music can bring to be [...]


    6. dj spooky is a cool cat coiner of sweet aphorisms like home is where your cellphone is this short book is a romp through his personal narrative how a kid from d.c became this conceptual artist published by the likes of MIT Press and philosophy about what the human subject looks like in the fragmented digital age he s great at weaving seemingly disparate discussions together in a way that is bold but not gimmicky.


    7. This book is cool Its an easy, enjoyable read for audiophiles and you will be smarter and cooler for having read it Leave it out on the table when you re having a party Even if Der Komissar is playing on your party mix, people will see this book and know you are the shiz and think your party mix is both hip and ironic.


    8. An innovative format and layout and a smart, if deliberately derivative little pamphlet on the culture of the copy and the role of the DJ within it The best parts were when Miller reflected on the differences between music sampling mixing and that in other media.


    9. reading this is like navigating a three dimensional space accurately, it is like being in a 3 d with someone else controlling the mouse i really enjoy miller s style and exuberance and his ideas on multiplex consciousness, despite many of the ideas being not so new to me.





    10. such brilliance in words that makes me miss being a theory geek in grad school i have a new appreciation for sound and audio that is rocking how i now make art.



    11. Although I find this very entertaining and enjoyable, as a reader of much he references, I did find the theory a tad shallow More style than substance, unfortunately, as there is potential there.


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