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Re: How To Evaluate-Judge-Quantify

Mark Klemola (murakami@direct.ca)
Sat, 31 May 1997 22:11:32 -0700

Hmmmm... I'm a visual artist, you see. I know very little about
music, other than what I like and, perhaps, more importantly, why I like it.
I have been tainted by my education. I dig concepts. I look for the
concept wherever I go. Wandering like an astronaut, bubbble about my head,
and tethered to theory.
So, when it comes to music, I like sampling. I like theft.
Appropriation. To me this is what it's all about. The glory of Post-Modern
(North) American culture. Where we pick and choose our identities, from the
shelves of Data. Sampling to me is the ultimate expression of the
recombinant self. No more authentic original, no mythological patina. We
piss on Walter Benjamins "Aura". Since we can't remember who we were to
begin with, sampling becomes a technique of survival. A self, only
recognisable as pure data. Everlasting and disposable.
As for the conservatory, the institution, let me remind you of the
joke that was/is IRCAM. Hmmmm... (again) When did Boulez last compose? And
better yet, where can I see him conduct?
OK, lets argue now. I'll poke you in the eye.

Mark Klemola