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Fantastisk Mediemanipulation
November 2, 2011 7:12 AM   Subscribe

SYGNOK and The War For Radical Computer Music. -- "We join Gæoudjiparl van den Dobbelsteen (aka Goodiepal), internationally acclaimed 'Danish Techno Prophet' and creator of Radical Computer Music (RCM), in the aftermath of his war against the Danish Royal Academy of Music. Now operating under the moniker 'SYGNOK' after teaming up with DJ HVAD and VJ Cancer, the film traces how Gæoudjiparl's RCM goals of creating music for 'artificial and alternative intelligences' has now diverged into a tangled web of race wars, theft, forgery and death threats."
posted by Potomac Avenue (9 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
WARNING at least one of these links is autoplay very loud. No, even louder than that.
posted by hank at 8:03 AM on November 2, 2011


True, also SWASTIKAS EVERYWHERE. Probably NSFW in some contexts I realize now.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:12 AM on November 2, 2011


WARNING at least one of these links contains the ramblings of a crazy person and the idiocy of his ultra-high apostles.
posted by nosila at 8:29 AM on November 2, 2011


*at least one all of these links
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:41 AM on November 2, 2011


Awww man, I was warned this might happen if someone took the "IDM" label discussion too far.
posted by Theta States at 8:49 AM on November 2, 2011


Someone really should have done this with the kyma machine at my university when they shut down the art courses.
posted by pmcp at 9:23 AM on November 2, 2011


remember what carla bley said about the shaggs? - "they bring my mind to a complete halt"

this is doing that to me
posted by pyramid termite at 3:55 PM on November 2, 2011


I'm perplexed. This stuff is a combination of racist lunacy, attention-seeking prank, and esoteric art-school statement, but in what proportions? Are the art and music deliberately tacky and bad, or do these people just completely lack talent? Are these even answerable questions?
posted by twirlip at 5:03 PM on November 2, 2011


twirlip:

Ill advised use of swastikas: yes.
Lunacy: certainly.
Racist: I'm not so sure.

If you watch the lecture he's talking about fascism being inherent in Europe, part of that being a longing for the past - people reminiscing about the good old days before other people showed up. I get the impression that in his mind DIEM was reinforcing that. My guess is the aesthetic of these clips is a response to that, trying to make something that embraces the 'alien' and the new. And I think his firing is just what happens when an academy employs someone who does this and expects them to play by the rules and teach the curriculum.

I also agree with a lot of what he's talking about about "media art" especially the way it is taught. There is a total separation between that and the things you learn about on a fine-art degree*. What he is saying is that Media Art is complacent, because you can always rely on the next bit of technology to get you through - use kinect or a wii remote and people are instantly more impressed but the search for deeper meaning is frequently overlooked in the search for awesome.

/ramble

*Of course some of those are shit too, but an art degree should hopefully encourage you to challenge your assumptions and look at wider contexts.
posted by pmcp at 7:22 AM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


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