Regenerative Feedback #2

Jon Lindblom will do a presentation and co-host a workshop with the filmmaker and Plan C-member Timothy George Kelly at this year’s Regenerative Feedback conference at WORM in Rotterdam on May 24th-26th. Organised by Sonia de Jager, Regenerative Feedback is an annual conference on the emancipatory possibilites of music and sound. The first instalment took place last year in New York and a third one will happen next year in Mexico City. Check out these links for tickets and more info on this year’s instalment: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. An interview with Sonia de Jager and Martina Raponi on Regenerative Feedback and the accompanying Noiserr-reading group can be found here.

Here are the blurbs for Jon Lindbloms presentation and workshop:

Formal Innovation and Synthetic Production in Deconstructed Dance Music

One of the most important achievements of contemporary electronic music has been its formal innovations, which have sidestepped the well-established understanding of media technology in terms of mechanical reproduction in favour of what we may think of as synthetic production (i.e. formal innovation through technological repurposing). Looking at the recent strand of what has become known as ‘deconstructed dance music’, this presentation argues for its cultural significance by forging a link between its synthetic, genre-subversive experiments and the production of novel sonic forms against the backdrop of the cyber-blitz of contemporary digital culture.

Community Building at the Intersection between the Physical and the Digital: Consciousness Raising, Pirate Radio and Communicative Capitalism – with Timothy George Kelly

Some of the most unfortunate consequences of neoliberal capitalism have been its widespread implementation of individualisation, responsibilisation and consciousness deflation. Communications technology, in particular, has turned out to be a crucial instrument for the capitalist fragmentation of consciousness and communal public space. Indeed, under communicative capitalism, technology has ended up alienating people, rather than bringing them together. This workshop seeks to set out a different path by looking at two crucial political and sociocultural resources – consciousness raising and ’90s pirate radio in UK dance music – and what they may offer us at the digital present. The intention is not to simply privileging the physical over the digital, or vice versa, but to open up a discussion on how the conjoining of physical and digital space may amplify community building beyond the dreary malaise of communicative capitalism. The workshop will be followed by a consciousness raising-session led by Timothy George Kelly.