Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 360. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org  From: Bridget Almas
Subject: Announcement: Alpheios 3.0 (33)  From: David Berry Subject: Conceptual Music (77) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2019-10-30 07:35:56+00:00 From: Bridget Almas Subject: Announcement: Alpheios 3.0 We are very pleased to announce that Alpheios 3.0 is now available. Alpheios provides free, open-source software for studying the world's classical languages and literatures, currently including Latin, Greek, Arabic and Persian. With this release the user interface has been completely refreshed and new features include the Alpheios Toolbar, User Word Lists, Latin Usage Examples and Persistent Options Configuration. Various other small enhancements and bug fixes are included. Full details are available in the release notes at http://www.alpheios.net/pages/v3/release-notes/ and a full set of Tutorials at http://www.alpheios.net/pages/tutorials/. As always, you can use Alpheios on any website in your desktop via the Chrome, Firefox and Safari browser extensions. The new Alpheios Mobile Reader interface provides access to all Alpheios functionality on mobile devices for a core set of Latin and Greek texts. And you can add Alpheios directly to your site via the Alpheios Embedded Library. We are grateful to all of the providers of open source tools and services on which Alpheios is built. In particular with this release we would like to thank the Packard Humanities Institute for making their concordance service available for the Latin Usage Examples feature and the Perseus Digital Library for their open access library of Greek and Latin texts. Bridget Almas The Alpheios Project, Ltd. https://alpheios.net -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2019-10-29 11:13:33+00:00 From: David Berry Subject: Conceptual Music Dear colleagues, I wanted to use this opportunity to draw colleagues attention to a sonic research project utilising what we call "conceptual music". For this project I've been working with a new collaborator, Barnaby Thorn, and the output has been released by Truant Recordings on cassette format on 4 October 2019. This work emerged as part of a British Academy funded Research Fellowship exploring the Idea of a University in a Digital Age and this sonic work was one of the first outputs of the project which explored conceptual change over time. A monograph is to be published in 2020. Prof. Wolfgang Ernst (Hu-Berlin, Germany) wrote the following about the sonic release: The "physical" edition of MYTHOLOGIES turns the critical analysis of the contemporary media condition, which David Berry and Barnaby Thorn make in the accompanying text "Reflections of a Damaged Life", into a material argument. Nothing can be a better comment on "cloud" computing, and the algorithmicized daily environment, than the "hardware irony" of a recording of sonic signals on analogue tape. Even more ironical, though, is the fact such audio cassette tapes have been used in early personal digital computing - the legendary Commodore "Datasette". In terms of a very material media ecology, the "return" of the cassette tape, nowadays, is limited by the resource of ferroxyd for magnetizing the plastic tape (for which most tape duplicating machines in tape music editions have been constructed), with only one factory left which produces such raw material - while the alternative with better dynamics in signal recording, the chrome tape, is blocked for environmental reasons. Media "retromania", therefore, is not simply about nostalgia for "dead media". This work is what Berry and Thorn call "conceptual music" - which is not about indexical traces (such as the sound of smart phones) nor "program music" (like Ottorino Respighi's classical composition Fontane di Roma), but more about diagrammatic isomorphies. Dealing with, for example, the "new Metaphysics" in a developing critical discourse on "deep" machine learning, and renewed Artificial Intelligence. Predictively (and in the sense of the accompanying MYTHOLOGIES text) they argue for opening the "black box" of "deep" layers in computational media, understanding artificial neural nets, both in terms of electronics, and of brain modelling. MYTHOLOGIES presents the contradictions of contemporary society through the dialectics of conceptual music and the materialities of media forms. For those who are interested, you can listen to the release on band camp, Spotify and Apple Music: https://open.spotify.com/album/54x8tI0aZeakgFn3GbHmkA?si=ynsy9RQoQLChQkmQ7MgtKA https://music.apple.com/gb/album/mythologies/1477690933 There is also the cassette version available here: https://0x0null.bandcamp.com If you have any questions about the release or the wider project please feel free to email me directly. Best David ________________________________ David M. Berry Professor of Digital Humanities School of Media, Film and Music University of Sussex T: +44(0)1273 87557 Internal Extension: 7557 http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/125219 Silverstone 316 University of Sussex Brighton BN1 8PP _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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