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Gallet, Bastien

Le boucher du prince Wen-houei

2002

Paris: Musica Falsa.

The author develops the idea that techno music is not only music but is also full of narrative. From Kraftwerk’s scenographies to the fictional power of hip-hop, these musics produce fictions. Through the eight chapters, Bastien Gallet discusses these narratives and fictions and investigates the sounds of electronica including precursors such as Varèse linking them to the listening philosophy of Nietzsche or the sonic fiction theory of Kodwo Eschun.

Table of Contents:

  1. Listen to make: gestures and surfaces.
  2. Electronic engineering and musical art: sound, gesture, writing.
  3. Outline of a remix theory.
  4. Customs and habits of sampling: memory, exoticism and plastic surgery
  5. An art without work: sampling, fetishes and marijuana.
  6. Electronic music and philosophy: fortuitous meetings.
  7. The music is full with holes: stories of vacuums from Varèse to King Tubby
  8. Round, incorporation and eternal recurrence: Nietzsche and the listening question.

Monday 28 August 2006, by Pierre Couprie

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