May 15, 2005

Alan Sondheim, ROCKER

by Nick Montfort · , 12:15 am

New on Turbulence is “Why Rock?” The piece offers sound works by net artists with “real or supposed rock affinities.” Talan Memmott (real rock affinity) is one. And then – I never thought of Richard Stallman as a rocker (mp3), or, actually, as a net artist, but hey.

The project includes texts by Frédéric Madre and tutor to the Talking Heads Alan Sondheim, whose sound work Zing (wav) and whose oddly compelling video Ennui (mp4) is linked. Sondheim’s text ends with “fuck this didn’t go anywhere it’s not sounded out // (too _male_”. Alan, you’ve got a decent list of rockers who you know but let me tell you Charles Bernstein actually read on stage with Sonic Youth. You are cool and all and your video is pretty seriously frenetic but man.

“Why Rock?” is by Annie Abrahams and Clément Charmet.