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(Micro) Politics of Algorithmic Music: Towards a Tactical Media Archaeology

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The chapter explores a shift of emphasis from the macro to micro scale of algorithmic music, by making reference to Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of micropolitics, microtemporality in the work of Wolfgang Ernst, and Shintaro Miyazaki’s concept of algorhythmics. By drawing together tactical media and media archaeology to address the politics of algorithmic music, an argument is developed that ‘tactical media archaeology’ offers an analytical method for developing alternative compositions. By emphasizing more speculative approaches and broader ecologies of practice exemplified by the critical engineering of Martin Howse, the chapter claims that algorithms need to understood as part of temporal, relational, and contingent operations that are sensitive to their conditions and future trajectories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music
EditorsAlex McLean, Roger Dean
Number of pages24
Place of publicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication year1 Feb 2018
ISBN (print)9780190226992
ISBN (electronic)9780190226992
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

    Research areas

  • Algorhythmics, Algorithmic music, Critical engineering, Media archeology, Micro and macro politics, Microtemporality, Tactical media, Tactical media archaeology

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