Beyond Recognition. P.E 5

Posted: November 4, 2014 in Philosophical Encounters.

Space is the Place

sun ra

We were introduced to todays lecture with the first ten minutes of Space is the Place, a film made in the 70’s starring Sun Ra and his Arkestra. Sun Ra is a visionary musician using costume, theatre and mythical characters to entice the audience. It is said that this method of performance..

”alienates itself from the human it arrives from the future. Alien music is a synthetic recombinator, an applied art technology for amplifying the rates of becoming alien. Optimize the ratios of excentricity. Synthesize yourself. (Eshun, 1999: 06-05)

 This approach to music performance and production is interrupting the natural order, perception and flow of things, an unorthodox way of bringing forth a reality that in other means may not exist on a daily basis. In the book Rave Culture & Religion, Graham St John also explains that dj voodoo was the first person to bring this concept the the night club.

”A visual accelerator, an activation tool designed to trigger cellular memories… re-igninting the DNA blueprint of the light body, enabling access to the higher vibration of the fifth dimension.” (p25 2003)   

Sun Ra’s music alienates itself from a human level, rather like the slave trade alienated the African people from there natural surroundings. By becoming alien you ”optimise the ratios of eccentricity.”  

”From the outset, this Postsoul era has been characterized by an extreme indifference towards the human. The human is a pointless and treacherous category. (Eshun, 1999:05)

Beyond Understanding.

”For twenty-five centuries, Western knowledge has tried to look upon the world. It has failed to understand that the world is not for the beholding. It is for hearing. It is not legible, but audible. Our science has always desired to monitor, measure, abstract, and castrate meaning, forgetting that life is full of noise and that death alone is silent: work noise, noise of man, and noise of beast. Noise bought, sold, or prohibited. Nothing essential happens in the absence of noise. (Attali, 1985: 3)”

The above caption is taken from Attali’s essay called ‘Noise. It is a great way of explaining that music or sound that is all around us everyday, it has a profound affect on us an unconscious level. We don’t always know what it is about a certain piece of music that encourages a particular reaction. Its on a sub atomic, sub-concious level of understanding.


”Hyperrhythm’s digital supersession of the human immediately alters your perception of the percussive act. As an actional event in timespace, drumming loses its solidity. Breakbeat science scrambles the logic of causation, opens up a new illogic hypercussion and superpercussion. (Eshun, 1999: 68)”

For Example..

Notice in this Enduser track how the drums at 2mins in are half time hip-hop style break beat, it possesses a humanist quality however when the track drops in at 3.20 the drumming is completely scrambled and the perception of a human playing this drum track becomes more intangible leaving you in a demilitarised zone of perception. In turn this is enticing the listener (me) on a much deeper level. Is this relating to the chaos inside of ones mind or the affection of my body in a way that i can’t help but make an attitudinal facial expression and move in time with the various rhythms.

Breakbeat science is the physics of rhythm. It impacts at levels barely explicable in the normal languages of sensation… Breakbeat science’s extreme rhythmic involution forcibly inducts you into a new motor system…”

”The body is being mutated limb by limb… by phizical convolutions that language hasn’t caught up with yet. Language drags its flabby arse after sound. Language lags behind the beat and must be mashed up. Your motorsensory system communicates paralinguistically from a future which today’s media can’t even begin to decrypt. (Eshun, 199: 070-071)”

Sensation for Posthumans. 

The human body is said to perceive and prepare for danger or make decisions up to 6 seconds before the actual event. This study taps into the unknown force of free will.. If decisions are made on a basis of experience and education does that mean that the fundamental force of all possibilities are dictating our way in life..?  ..meaning if our conscious decision is secondary to our brain activity, is there a duality between the conscious and neurological activity? John-Dylan Haynes says the conscious mind is encoded with and realised by brain activity.. Therefor, The unconscious won’t force you into something you don’t want to do as the conscious activity is encoded with your desires and moral beliefs. The body is immediately virtual as well as actual as they are different aspects of the same entity. See Professor Marcus Du Sautoy look into this further here..

This study ties into the Autonomy of Affect and also The Refrain mentioned earlier last week.

”Rhythmic psychedelia emerges when sonic events are in synch while out of phase, a process which leads to Gerald’s conundrum: “Does time work in rhythm or does rhythm work in time?” (Eshun, 1999: 076)”

”This requires a complete reworking of how we think about the body. Something that happens too quickly to have happened, actually, is virtual. The body is as immediately virtual as it is actual. The virtual, the pressing crowd of incipiencies and tendencies, is a realm of potential. (Massumi, 2005: 30)”


smart bars, nutria cafe, brain machines.. manipulating, System 7 developed music to manipulate music and entrain people..

”with an enthusiasm for ‘designer reality’, were humans’ alter their consciousness intentionally through technology.” (Rushkoff, p23 2003”

I think after this lecture it is fair to say there is a whole load of different things beyond our recognition thats happening in regards to experiencing music. What one might aim to achieve through writing music may be perceived completely differently by the listener.


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