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Aesthetic Complexity



Research and experiment in visual and auditory complexity by Guy Birkin



Last Build Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2018 15:44:04 +0000

 



32a_reflectedguybirkin

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:50:22 +0000

Listening to the first of the NTS sessions by Autechre, I noticed something about the  track ‘32a_reflected’. Parts of it sounds like it’s played backwards. On playing the track twice in a row, you can hear that it start how … Continue reading


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CODE072guybirkin

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:56:04 +0000

CO-DEPENDENT is a collaborative label run by Stephen McEvoy (tuuun, FLUF), Calum Gunn (Conditional) and Casper Gottlieb (GOHV, Disformation). CODE072 is my new release on the label, an EP of music based on sonification of weather data. Historical monthly data … Continue reading


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Alvin Lucier – Criss Cross / Hanoverguybirkin

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:44:37 +0000

Spectrograms of Alvin Lucier’s new album, made with Sonic Visualiser, using the following settings: Amplitude scale: dBV^2, colour palette: green Sample window (x axis): Hann; 4096 samples; 93.75% overlap Frequency bins (y axis): all, log scale Criss Cross (top), Hanover … Continue reading


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2017guybirkinEmancipatory politics must always destroy the appearance of a 'natural order', must reveal what is presented as necesssasry and inevitable to be a mere contingency, just as it must make what was previously deemed to be impossible seem attainable.

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:29:29 +0000

So, 2017. Like 2016 but worse. Political incompetence, dishonour and deceit in UK and US governments. “Social murder” – inequality exposed in the Grenfell Tower fire and its aftermath. “Economic murder” – evidence of a correlation between austerity policies and … Continue reading


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New musicguybirkin

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 15:29:28 +0000

Two new bits of music out this month: Joe Evans, who released my first two albums on the Runningonair label, has put together an album of remixes of an old and previously unfinished track of his from the 90s called … Continue reading


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Dark Agesguybirkin

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:23:57 +0000

A short playlist of music I’ve been reminded of by current events. Most of this is music I’ve liked since I was younger that seems more relevant now than it did at the time. Dead Kennedys – Nazi Punks Fuck … Continue reading


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Ladybower campguybirkin

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:45:03 +0000

It rains more often than not at the place where we usually go camping, in some woods near Ladybower reservoir, but this time the weather was good. We’ve been coming to this same spot for 20 years now. Other than … Continue reading


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Classical Music Complexityguybirkin

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:07:21 +0000

An article in The Guardian today discusses music and complexity. In ‘Don’t apologise for classical music’s complexity – that’s its strength‘, Alan Davey writes that “the inherent beauty, complexity and mystery of classical music will see it endure”. He’s arguing … Continue reading


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Kolapseguybirkin

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:24:24 +0000

Tobias Reber has released Kolapse, an album of remixes from his previous album Kola (iapetus, 2013). I remixed the track Piñata. My approach was to try to keep the sounds mostly the same but change the timing. Tobias said the … Continue reading


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2016guybirkin

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:24:25 +0000

After all the crap that’s happened this year, it seemed like there wasn’t much point in writing an end-of-year list. Given the deaths of so many musicians, the rise of authoritarian nationalism and xenophobia in Europe and the US, and … Continue reading


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