Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction (MIT Press)

Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction (MIT Press)

Caleb Kelly


From the mid-twentieth century into the twenty-first, artists and musicians manipulated, cracked, and broke audio media applied sciences to provide novel sounds and performances. Artists and musicians, together with John Cage, Nam June Paik, Yasunao Tone, and Oval, pulled aside either playback units (phonographs and compact disc gamers) and the recorded media (vinyl files and compact discs) to create a longer sound palette. In Cracked Media, Caleb Kelly explores how the planned usage of the regularly bad (a crack, a holiday) has develop into the location of effective construction. Cracked media, Kelly writes, slides throughout disciplines, via tune, sound, and noise. Cracked media encompasses every thing from Cage's silences and indeterminacies, to Paik's frequently funny tape works, to the chilly and fresh sounds of electronic glitch within the paintings of Tone and Oval. Kelly deals a close ancient account of those practices, arguing that they are often learn as precursors to modern new media.

Kelly seems on the nature of recording expertise and the tune relating to the crack and the holiday, and discusses some of the manifestations of noise, concluding that neither theories of recording nor theories of noise provide an sufficient framework for knowing cracked media. Connecting the old avant-garde to modern day turntablism, and predigital harmful innovations to the electronic ticks, pops, and clicks of the glitch, Kelly proposes new media theorizations of cracked media that target materiality and the everyday.

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