Somerset House Studios

Jennifer Walshe: Sound Salon with Robert Barry

Wed 26 Apr 2017

Doors 18.45 Start 19.00

New Wing

Associate Artist Jennifer Walshe discusses music, sound, the internet and digital technologies, co-curated by Adam Harper and Michael Waugh.

The next event of the series will be presented by writer and composer Robert Barry who will be discussing his new book The Music of the Future.

Charles Fourier imagined a whole society structured by music. Hector Berlioz wrote science fiction. Hugo Gernsback looked forward to telematic operas. John Cage imagined an infinite sound palette. But where are today’s musical futurists? The Music of the Future is not a book of predictions or speculations about how to save the music business or the bleeding edge of technologies. Rather, it is more like a history of failures, mapping 200 years of attempts by composers, performers and critics to imagine a future for music. Encompassing utopian dream cities, temporal dislocations and projects for the emancipation of all sounds, The Music of the Future is finally a sort of call to arms for everyone engaged in music: to fail again, fail better

Robert Barry is a regular contributor to Frieze, The Wire, Art Review, and Fact, he is also visual arts editor at The Quietus and digital culture editor at Review 31. His music has been featured in films and published, in the form of prose scores, by BCNVT of Stockholm, Sweden.

About Sound Salon

Artists have been working with the internet for decades but until recently, archives and critical writing have focused on visual cultures. This series aims to fuel critical discussion, new vocabulary and analysis in sound and music, supporting communities and practitioners in these fields to understand how the internet - and new technology more broadly - is shaping the field.

Together with artist Holly Herndon, Jennifer launched the project Post-Internet Sound in 2015. A crowdsourced database of sound and music works, the site is open access and welcomes both academic and non-academic contributions, be it in the form of writing or a source of sound. Anyone can contribute via Google docs.

About the curators

Journalist Adam Harper discusses aesthetics and criticism in music, art and life on his blog Rouge's Foam. He studies musicology, composes music and has written for The Wire magazine, is the author of Infinite Music, Imagining the Next Millennium of Human Music-Making.

Dr. Michael Waugh is a lecturer in Media Cultures at the University of Hertfordshire. His research is in the fields of digital media and popular music and his thesis, titled "'Music that actually matters?', is the first monograph-length study of Post-Internet musicians and their self-conscious explorations of contemporary identity, representation, social media and digital networks. Fifteen prominent artists, including Holly Herndon, Arca, 18+, Jam City, Evian Christ, Fatima Al Qadiri, Aaron David Ross, Ryan Trecartin and SOPHIE, were interviewed as original research for the project.

In collaboration with Brunel University London.

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