Sunday, 29 November 2009

One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor


A few days ago, I posted an excerpt from a piece of writing documenting some ideas that one Luigi Russolo had 100 years ago, speculating on the evolution of docile, gutless musical instruments into vibrant, clanging, ecstatic noise-sounds. 

Since then, I tracked down some audio samples of his work.

I’m rather fascinated to report, after extensive comparisons and testing, that some passages are nearly identical to the noise floor in Allan’s apartment—if it were recorded onto a wax cylinder. 

How perceptions change! Perhaps 100 years in the future, what is a very long delay today will seem almost instantaneous.

Adding some plausibility to that prediction is one of the only constants in the universe: no matter how much extra you think you have, you will always need more RAM.

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