Across Fields: Sound, art and technology from an electromechanical perspective
Cambridge University Press
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This article follows electromechanical technologies through different contexts of electronic and experimental music, sound art and kinetic art as well as through parts of their industrial development and application. The aim is to explore connections between these different fields which are often obscured by disciplinary and genre divides, and which are typically unrepresented by critical and historical accounts. The approach is influenced by the field of science and technology studies (STS, also science technology and society) where technical and cultural entanglements are seen as crafting particular truths, and where the method of following a technology across disciplinary boundaries is found. By taking this approach to identify connections between the areas of electronic music, sound art and kinetic art, new and rediscovered critical appraisals of the use of electromechanical technologies as tools in creative sound production are identified. These positions are then applied to a selection of contemporary practitioners who continue to work with and forefront electromechanical technologies within the fields of electronic music and sound art.
Pigott, J. (2017) 'Across Fields: Sound, art and technology from an electromechanical perspective', Organised Sound, 22(2), pp.276-285.
This article was published in Organised Sound on 12 July 2017 (online), available at https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355771817000188 Paper also presented at Alternative Histories of Electronic Music conference, Science Museum. London, 14th – 16th April 2016. https://ahem2016.wordpress.com
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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