Jan 11, 2011

Marshall McLuhan


Currently I have been reading a biography on the brilliant Canadian thinker Marshall McLuhan.  It was written by brilliant (or so I've heard) Canadian author and artist Douglas Coupland.  I've been curious about Marshall for a number of years and the book has made me eager to go look deeper into his ideas. Hopefully I can gather up his ideas and discuss them on this blog at some point in the future, but I'll just send you around to a few links to get the ball rolling.

I recently stumbled across this amazing blog called Binary Heap full of awesome posts about music software, music theory, generative art and lots of amazing topics. I found a post on Marshall here that gave me the urge to post a few things here.

The Medium is the Massage - which can be found on Ubu Web along with other here:
http://www.ubu.com/sound/mcluhan.html 
I've listened to this many times in the last few years and every time I find something new in it. These recordings are great collages of his ideas and interesting sounds.  I've also noticed a number samples ended up in DJ Foods album kaleidoscope. It would be nice to cut-up, mash-up and rearrange it at some point (could be a nice winter project).

There was also a link to a rare recording on this blog worth a listen to.
http://starlarvae.blogspot.com/2008/10/rare-mcluhan-audio.html

I haven't looked at these, but the above blog has a bunch of posts related to McLuhan that you may find of interest. http://starlarvae.blogspot.com/search/label/McLuhan

To end... here is some interesting art from Douglas Coupland http://www.coupland.com/2010/07/04/art-orca/. Hopefully there are just the right amount of links to get you excited about any number of things.

Enjoy.
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