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Reading Through the Virus

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project

Unlike older, lost civilizations that had no means to record and preserve audio, nor a method for notating musical instruction, we have been preserving sound for 150 years, and digital audio has been accumulating like an avalanche at easily the same speed as digital words. But these are all based on technology and need a means with which to reproduce the sound, from a cylinder player to a set of AA batteries.

“Sounds of Futures’ Past,” by George Grella

We don’t seem to be anywhere near facing an apocalypse, but that doesn’t mean that the idea can’t sit there at the base your skull, quietly screaming its way into your nervous system. Contemplating this idea through reading is a great way to work through it and brace the spirit. So I’m re-upping this article from NewMusicBox that considers what sounds we may leave behind when civilization is gone, and if they will be considered music or not.

The star of that article, Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, has a new recording, Scaath Catfish, scheduled for release Friday, March 20, from the Helen Scarsdale Agency—though this may understandably be delayed, like everything else right now.

Here’s my favorite FAMP release, enjoy it while working your way through the recommended reading list below:

By gtra1n

I'm a writer and editor here (musician otherwise), with bylines in The Wire, Down Beat, New York Classical Review, VAN, Music & Literature, Grove Dictionary of American Music, Signal to Noise, and many others. I'm also the Music Editor at the Brooklyn Rail. Contact me for any of your word needs.

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