Monday, 25 January 2010
I can haz emancipayshn uv dizzoninz?
I always thought Cory Arcangel was alright, you know? He had some good ideas about technology and so on and so forth, but nothing I'd really recommend. But as time goes on (and the non-sequitur-ish qualities of the internet don't go away), I'm beginning to accept that he has pretty much hit the nail on the head, consistently prodding that little sensitive spot in your brain that wonders "what if that was all the culture we're ever going to have achieved?".
Whether or not that question is just the same old snobbery, misanthropy and melancholia, it doesn't matter, but I can't help but marvel at the utterly abject quality of his rendition of Gould's recording of Schönberg's Drei Klavierstücke, as played by a bunch of cats.
Here's Gould's own recording, to which the cats have been matched by computer. In fact, it's worth going here, not just to understand the method he used, but also to listen to the two recordings being played side by side...