title  author  designer  WebTake
 rhythm science  paul d. miller  COMA  peter hallay


About the Book
Author Interview
Paul D. Miller's www.rhythmscience.com

A heady mix of autobiography and theory, roaming from W.E.B. Du Bois to Gilles Deleuze to the Wu-Tang Clan, Rhythm Science melds words, images, and sounds to demonstrate how conceptual art, popular culture, and idealism canactivate one another in this era of multiplex consciousness.

Miller delivers a manifesto for rhythm science – the creation of art from the flow of patterns in culture. He takes as his model the Dj, who hijacks the images, sounds and technologies that bombard us daily and makes them his own. In the era of rhythm science, technology provides the method and model, as well as the medium, bridging the artist's consciousness and the outside world. Miller constructed his Dj Spooky persona ("spooky" from the eerie sounds of hip-hop, techno, ambient, and the other music that he plays) as a conceptual art project, but then came to see it as a more broadly creative opportunity.

Miller’s textual provocations are designed for maximum visual and tactile seduction by the international studio COMA (Cornelia Blatter and Marcel Hermans). They sustain the book’s motifs of recontextualizing and relayering, texts and images bleed through from page to page, creating what amount to 2.5 dimensional vectors. From its remarkable velvet flesh cover, to the die cut hole through the center of the book, which reveals the colored nub holding in place the included audio CD, Rhythm Science: Excerpts and Allegories from the Sub Rosa Archives, this pamphlet truly lives up to the Mediawork Pamphlets claim to be “theoretical fetish objects… ‘zines for grown-ups.”


“Once again, Paul Miller has pushed the sonic arts and sciences to a new level, and in the process remastered literary form. I guarantee, this book will mess with your head, but in a funky way.”
– Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

“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

“Dj Spooky and COMA, together sampling provocative thoughts and creativegraphic design, have made Rhythm Science a fascinating addition to today’s book culture.”
– Bernard Tschumi, Architect, Columbia University, author of the Event Citiesseries.

“In Rhythm Science Miller remixes sounds and ideas with equal dexterity. A new vibe for a new world.”
– John Akomfrah, film director

“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

“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

 


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