Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Book: Unofficial Release: Self-Released and Handmade Audio In Post-Industrial Society by Thomas Bey William Bailey

Just finished reading this book: "Unofficial Release: Self-Released and Handmade Audio in Post-Industrial Society"! What an excellent book! Thomas Bey William Bailey delves into where (Self-released handmade audio) got started, who some of the major contributors were, how it influenced current trends in self-released audio, and where it's going (and if it's still relevant)! Here's the blurb on the back:

"The culture of self-released music and sound art is one of the most vital, yet most overlooked, phenomena resulting from the 20th century revolution in communications technology. In this volume, Thomas Bailey surveys a fascinating realm of creative activity and identifies the key individuals and developments responsible for its continued relevance in the present age. From the networked "mail art" of the 1970s, to the home-taping boom, to the establishment of music labels dealing solely in digital sound files, this culture provides valuable insight into the evolution of the "official" art market and the artists who bypass it. Along the way, we are introduced to a world where networks are artworks in themselves, where blank tapes and recordable CDs are fashioned into elaborate objects, and where relative freedom from creative supervision leads to both colorful innovations and violent aesthetic extremes."

If any of you are interested in "unofficial releases" or "self-released audio" I would highly suggest reading this book!

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