Diverse Writings 23

Making Way to Music

Making Way to Sound Art: 
What resonates in Di Scipio's audible ecosystems?

Michael Eldred

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    Table of contents

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    1. A parallel way 

      2. Making way

    2.1 The Fugue
    2.2 Making sound art
    2.3 Sound art as the quivering of an attunement

      3. The quivering of propriation

    4. "What emerges from listening?"

    5. Literature


    With the aid of Heidegger's late lecture, 'Der Weg zur Sprache', a parallel way to sound art is sought that breaks with metaphysical ways of thinking on both conventionally conceived music and today's sound art. The way is parallel ultimately because of the twofold way in which the world opens up for human being, namely, in understanding and attunement. Human beings can only engage in sound art through being attentively attuned to the quivering that grants and unleashes attunements. That is, it is the originary quivering that enables human beings' openness to sound art as sound art. Thus human being is used by propriation (Ereignis) to allow sound art itself to make way to sound art. As a foil to this post-metaphysical thinking on the way to music, some critical remarks are made on a recent philosophical article by Meric & Solomos (2009) discussing the nature of Agostino Di Scipio's "audible ecosystems" as "emergent" sound art.(1)

    5. Literature

    • Cage, John Silence Wesleyan U.P., Middletown 1961 
    • Cage, John Für die Vögel: John Cage im Gespräch mit Daniel Charles Merve, Berlin 1984 
    • Charles, Daniel John Cage oder Die Musik ist los Merve, Berlin 1979 
    • Di Scipio, Agostino 'The problem of 2nd-order sonorites in Xenakis' electro-acoustic music' Organised Sound 2 (3) pp. 165-178 1997
    • Di Scipio, Agostino 'Synthesis of environmental sound textures by iterated non-linear functions' Proceedings of the 2nd COST G-6 Workshop on Digital Audio Effects NTNU, Trondheim 1999 
    • Di Scipio, Agostino 'Clarification on Xenakis: the Cybernetics of Stochastic Music' in M. Solomos (ed.) Présences de / Presences of Iannis Xenakis Cdmc, Paris pp. 71-84 2001
    • Di Scipio, Agostino '"Sound is the interface": from interactive to ecosystemic signal processing' Organised Sound 8 (3) pp. 269-277 2003
    • Di Scipio, Agostino 'Audible ecosystemics, n°3a/Background Noise Study and n°3b/Background Noise study, with mouth performer(s) (Instructions and score)' Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Berlin 2004-2005 
    • Di Scipio, Agostino 'The Sound Ecosystems of Agostino Di Scipio' interview with Marco Mancuso digimag 2009 
    • Eldred, Michael The Quivering of Propriation: A Parallel Way to Music 1998/2010
    • Eldred, Michael Heidegger, Hölderlin e John Cage translated and with a postface by Agostino Di Scipio, Semar Publishers, Rome 2000. English online version: Heidegger's Hölderlin and John Cage 1995/2006
    • Eldred, Michael The Digital Cast of Being: Metaphysics, Mathematics, Cartesianism, Cybernetics, Capitalism, Communication ontos verlag Frankfurt 2009/2011
    • Eldred, Michael 'Making Way to Music: Heidegger and Adorno' 2011
    • Eldred, Michael 'Out of your mind? Parmenides' message' 2012
    • Eldred, Michael 'Being Time Space: Heidegger's Casting of World' 2013. 
    • Eldred, Michael 'Sprache (und Musik) nach Heidegger' in Twisting Heidegger: Drehversuche parodistischen Denkens M. Eldred (ed.) Junghans Verlag, Cuxhaven 1993 pp. 153-178. Included in the collection Entständigung: Philosophische Aufsätze 2010. 
    • Heidegger, Martin Unterwegs zur Sprache Neske, Pfullingen 1959, eighth edition 1986 
    • Meric, Renaud & Makis Solomos 'Audible Ecosystems and Emergent Sound Structures in Di Scipio's Music: Music Philosophy Helps Musical Analysis' journal of interdisciplinary music studies spring/fall 2009, vol. 3, issue 1&2, art. #0931204, pp. 57-76
    • Varela, Francisco J. Autonomie et connaissance Seuil, Paris 1989
    • Varela, Francisco J. Invitation aux sciences cognitives Seuil, Paris 1996. 

      1. Paper for presentation to the ICMC|SMC|2014 Conference Music Technology meets Philosophy: From Digital Echoes to Virtual Ethos in Athens, Greece, 14 20 September 2014, extracted and rethought from my The Quivering of Propriation: A Parallel Way to Music 1998/2010. Many thanks to Astrid Nettling for insightful comments. Back 


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