For Week 15 I chose to highlight the work of Troy Rounseville. Troy’s work included the “self-playing” instruments. Troy describes his work as exploring the disjunction between our physical embodied experience and its translation through technological mediation. He asks 3 questions, questions that he bases his work around: Does transferring emotions through technology change the authenticity of one’s experience?; Can face to face experience ever truly be presented once filtered through computers, phones or other digital media; How will technology transform the nature of our own embodied experiences with other sentient beings? These are all big scale questions with no obvious, clear cut answers, but the pieces are meant to beg the question. Personally the message and delivery fascinates me and it’s a topic I’ve thought of before: what is the difference between “authentic” music and digitally recorded music? At what point does it so being a human’s work and start being the creation of an automation/machine/random chance? I think whenever there is a person at the helm, then it’s a legit or authentic ‘piece’ or experience. Personally I think people romanticize the past too much and in the past, this wouldn’t fly as authentic music, at least in my opinion. But times, they are a-changing.
During Week 14 I met Jake Mercadante. Jake is an interesting and unique guy. He’s a third year, back after taking a break (same path I took) and still contemplating his options with school and work. Potential majors of interest include Mechanical Engineering to Astrophysics. Admittedly, Jake greatly values the social aspect of college and the ability to plug into different circles and scenes without much effort. Currently, Jake works long hours with his company “Tekkhouse” while spending his free time indulging in and creating electronic music and partaking in all the subculture has to offer. We spent a good chunk of time going over a bunch of different types of electronic music that Jake thought I’d enjoy, since I am almost completely unexposed to it. It was an interesting and enlightening convo with Jake . Check out more about Jake at his site linked below.