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 mostly bad (a crack, a holiday) has turn into the positioning of efficient production. Cracked media, Kelly writes, slides throughout disciplines, via track, sound, and noise. Cracked media encompasses every thing from Cage's silences and indeterminacies, to Paik's usually funny tape works, to the chilly and fresh sounds of electronic glitch within the paintings of Tone and Oval. Kelly deals an in depth old account of those practices, arguing that they are often learn as precursors to modern new media.

Kelly appears on the nature of recording expertise and the tune in terms of 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 enough framework for figuring out cracked media. Connecting the ancient avant-garde to modern day turntablism, and predigital damaging 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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