Playing the Blues: Pete Townshend's Who I Am and Music as Experimental Autobiography


Reviewer Tim Keane suggests that Pete Townshend’s memoir Who I Am captures the tension animating The Who’s career, the duality of autobiographical blues and (art-school inspired) auto-destruction. But, Keane suggests, the book also articulates the written autobiography’s inevitable (if sometimes interesting) failure to achieve the “ex-static” atemporality of music. “I Can’t Explain” ends up telling us more about Townshend’s soul than Who I Am.

The Sounds of the Artificial Intelligentsia


As I thread my way through ebr, I touch base with the artificial intelligentsia that my work circulates in. The artificial intelligentsia is an internetworked intelligence that consists of all the linked data being distributed in cyberspace at any given time, one that is powered by artistic- intellectual agents remixing the flow of contemporary thought.

Sonic Contents: Why I Let the Litmixer Die and Other Stories


Trace Reddell introduces Sonic Contents.

Dub, Scratch, and the Black Star. Lee Perry on the Mix


Erik Davis listens to Lee Perry’s work.

Rhythm Science, Part I


tobias c. van Veen reviews Paul D. Miller a.k.a. Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid’s MIT publication, Rhythm Science.

The Phenomenology of Reverb


David Rothenberg writes of the affective and effective power of reverb.

Acoustic Cyberspace


Erik Davis discusses the relationship between electronic sound and environment.

Sublime Frequencies' Ethnopsychedelic Montages


Marcus Boon explores the healing of traditional music.

9/11 Never Happened, President Bush Wouldn't Let It: Bob Dylan Replies to Henri Bergson


From event to non-event. Frank Seeburger deconstructs 9/11.

Above Us Only Sky: On Camus, U2, Lennon, Rock, and Rilke


Tim Keane on rock’n’roll awakenings and the lyrical existentialism of U2 (St Patrick’s Day Special, 2005)

White Noise/White Heat, or Why the Postmodern Turn in Rock Music Led to Nothing but Road


Larry McCaffery reframes his 1989 essay on the “postmodern turn” in rock’n’roll music.

The Language of Music and Sound


Against the notion that music is the most abstract of art forms, Olivia Block thinks of music as a language with its own vocabulary of sounds, patterns, rhythms, notes. On the day of a performance in Kyoto, Japan, these reflections alter Block’s sense of her own language, English, deconstructed by Japanese advertisements, tee-shirts, “American” candy-bar wrappers, and text-cell phones.

Working Progress, Working Title [Automystifstical Plaice]


graphics: Artists Rights Society; Performance for MIDI keyboard, pianola configurations, and click-track:G. Schirmer Rental; studio portrait of Hedy Lamarr: Roy George and Associates.

Stuttering Screams and Beastly Poetry


Allison Hunter writes on Douglas Kahn, a modern musicologist who takes in the noise of modern battle, recordings from the tops of trains and the interiors of coalmines, and the musicality of undigitized everyday noise.

A Disorganized Multilingual A to Z Poem


noise poem: Raymond Federman. audio recording and production: Eric Dean Rasmussen and Shaun Sandor



The msn thread originated in the Fall of 2001 as an ebr special co-edited by Cary Wolfe, Mark Amerika, and Joseph Tabbi.

A Somewhat Legal Look at the Dawn and Dusk of the Napster Controversy


Paul C. Rapp, Esq., a.k.a. Lee Harvey Blotto, on the legal, cultural, and economic dimensions of the Napster controversy circa Y2K.

Tattoo it in Skin: A Literary Prediction


RVV Rob Wittig, Scriptor, fast forwards to a future when teenagers in neo-nikes and neo-soccer jerseys recreate ye olden days of the True Hip Hop Troubadour, circa Y2K.

New Beatle/Beach Boy Facts


Reflection on the two titans of entertainment and enlightenment.

Network Voices


Fifteen artists working along the blurry boundary of music, sound, and noise launch Alt-X Audio. curator: Mark Amerika.

When You Can't Believe Your Eyes: Voice, Vision, and the Prosthetic Subject in Dancer in the Dark


Cary Wolfe investigates why the reviewers were so rattled by the Lars von Trier film, and in the process puts Jacques Derrida, Stanley Cavell, Slavoj Zizek, and Judith Butler into conversation.

Primary Sounds


Reflections on Red/Yellow/Blue in the context of Music/Sound/Noise.

Litmixer: The Literary Remediator


With his software groovebox, Trace Reddell applies the tools and strategies of the DJ to the performance of literary interpretation and critical speculation.

The Sonic Spectrum


Elise Kermani writes about her work with sound and invites readers to locate sounds of their own on the spectrum from noise to sound to music. database programming: Allison Hunter and Ewan Branda.

Wiring John Cage: Silence as a Global Sound System


Sandy Baldwin on music in the new media ecology.