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Manifesto for Music Technologists


May 21, 2014 by Richard Elliott

We call for technologies to be created with an eye for the long-term. Musical objects should last as long as the materials out of which they are made or they should be modular, recyclable, or transformable. They should be forward-compatible whenever possible.  Data must be portable and not bound to a particular company or platform.  At the same time, standards must not become coercive.  Music is not standard. We must cultivate the freedom to build and use nonstandard tools.

From the collaboratively-authored ‘Manifesto for Music Technologists’ posted online recently.

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  1. […] In the meantime, there have been several new entries at REFRAME‘s new Musical Materialities website: Richard Elliott’s wonderful illustrated essay “Phonographic Voices,” part of “an ongoing study of attempts within the Anglophone critical establishment to understand, curate, evaluate and otherwise ‘master’ the musics of other cultures during the twentieth century”; Elodie Roy’s Faces, music, photographs; and another short entry on a “Manifesto for Music Technologists“. […]

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