Ballet Mécanique (1924)

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Unfortunately, it appears that all of the higher quality versions of Ballet Mécanique have been removed from YouTube due to copyright violations. There is a version below that is uncropped (as the version we watched in class was) and, sadly, in two parts. They may also force you to watch a commercial before you can […]

This Brutal Life:Links, Images, Videos on Brutalism

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Image: Freeway Park , Seattle, Lawrence Halprin, 1976 (Photo by Evan Chakroff, Flickr) Here are some links, images and videos on Brutalism. Fuck Yeah Brutalism tumblr Concrete Britain/St. Peter’s Seminary (filmed before and after, side by side). This building was completed in 1966. It was abandoned in 1989. It was only used for 23 years before […]

Modern Failure

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The Fall 2014 version of my Modern Revolution course came out of the work of my dissertation, Broken: Thought-Images of Life in the State of Exception. The third chapter of that work, “Failure,” sketched out the outlines of a theory of modern failure. What can it mean to think modernism as failure? While it certainly […]

Brian Eno, Chris Cutler, and John Oswald on the Technological Reproducibility of Music

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The essays by Eno and Cutler are seminal. I am also including Oswald’s essay. These are from an Anthology, Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music, edited by Cox and Warner. Brian Eno, “The Studio as Compositional Tool,” John Oswald, “Bettered by the Borrower: The Ethics of Musical Debt,” and “Plunderphonia” by Chris Cutler Audio Culture.PDF