Monday, 3 May 2010

Sonic Warfare Panel at Cafe Oto


As soon as I finish in the studio with the next episode of ‘Hollingsville’, I will be heading across town to take part in ‘Sonic Warfare: The Politics of Frequency’ the second Wire Salon at Cafe Oto. A press release for the event reads as follows:

A new series of monthly salon-type events, hosted by The Wire magazine, and dedicated to the fine art and practice of thinking and talking about music. The evenings, which will take place on the first Thursday of each month, will consist of readings, discussions, panel debates, film screenings, DJ sets and even the occasional live performance.

For the second event in the series,
Steve Goodman (Kode9, Hyperdub), author of Sonic Warfare, and Ken Hollings,author of Welcome To Mars and Destroy All Monsters, will discuss the various ways in which sound has been deployed as a weapon, from the military use of sonic bombs to the cult of the soundclash. The night will also feature screenings of World War Two-era US army training films on the art of sonic warfare.


I am very much looking forward to continuing the conversation I started with Steve Goodman at the Berlin Academy last spring: since then he has published his book on sonic weaponry, and I have completed ‘From Gameboy to Armageddon’, my Radio 3 feature on the military-entertainment complex. Expect the dialogue to run across network strategies, dangerous wavelengths, media battlefields and war porn – at the very least.

See also:
From Gameboy to Armageddon Available Online
Rand: All Your Tomorrows Today Online
Embedded Art
Welcome to Mars

Pictured above: Get Dancing: an Iraqi ghetto blaster, courtesy of bldgblog

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