Cold war modern machine music
Sounding the Body Electric: Experiments in Art and Music in Eastern Europe 1957-1984Calvert 22, Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP<br>26 June-25 August 2013
Music humanises technology: from the thump of a hunter’s bone to the whine of a radiowave in a theremin. A musician will soon draw the flavours of the tool’s main purpose into song or dance, the musical sounds of flirting, mourning, fight or flight or community.
And after the Second World War, we had a lot of new technology to play with: computers and cybernetics, magnetic tape, the transistor …
‘Sounding the Body Electric’, first shown in Łódź in Poland, is a compact, engaging exhibition, documenting the graphic scores, conceptual ‘happenings’, musique concrète, tape collage and open-form spatial installations of a small, scattered Eastern European scene.
Dóra Maurer, András Klausz and Zoltan Jéney, frames from Kalah, 1980, a film short based on the Arab game of that name.
Top: Milan Knížák, Destroyed Music, 1960s-80s.
Mark Sinker, writer, editor, London
Read the full version in Eye no. 86 vol. 22 2013
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