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Paperback | $42.95 Trade | £29.95 | ISBN: 9780262632874 | 136 pp. | 6 x 9 in | March 2004

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Rhythm Science

About the Author

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer. He is the author of Rhythm Science and Sound Unbound, both published by the MIT Press.


“A densely allusive manifesto that is itself an objet d'art with a die-cut cover and a Dj Spooky sampler CD.”—Josh Glenn, Boston Sunday Globe
“...[A] huge leap for the culture of the now. It's software for your head. Upgrade your grey matter.”—Roy Christopher , Slap
“Miller gets his points across in novel and affecting ways...a singular voice.”—Larry Blumenfeld, Jazziz
“Miller raises compelling questions about the philosophy behind the DJ mix and the role the DJ plays in society.”—Doree Shafrir, Philadelphia Weekly
“Miller's insights as a practicing and successful DJ are fresh and unpretentious.”—Publisher's Weekly
“...Rhythm Science is a compelling book written by a formidable intellect...a pivotally important manifesto for DJs.”—Christian Carey, Splendid
“The writing drifts easily, while cool design from COMA and a CD round out the package...”—Anne York, Res Magazine


“It wouldn't much surprise me if DJ Spooky invigorates the intellectual world someday as Professor Spooky or even Chancellor Spooky.”
Bruce Sterling, author of The Hacker Crackdown and Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years
“We've ended the century of broadcast culture—when manufacturers produced the culture we consume. In this brilliant and beautiful book, Paul Miller gives us the rhythm of sampled culture—culture created by those who can remix, and by technologies that enable anyone to remix. Rhythm Science is science; it is art; it is the story of how freedom would build better science and art. Dark, with bright flashes, in tempo, with syncopation, it is a companion to the next stage, if we're allowed that next stage despite law that would keep us locked in the past.”
Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School, author of The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World
“In Rhythm Science Miller remixes sounds and ideas with equal dexterity. A new vibe for a new world.”
John Akomfrah, film director
“Paul Miller has got the brilliant negro thang down cold. This is a meditation on music and self in which Paul plays with words much the way DJ Spooky plays with sound.”
Touré, author of The Portable Promised Land