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    What Is Not Music #1

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1. What Isn’t Music After Cage? when John Cage went to the anechoic Chamber at Harvard in 1951, he was expecting silence but he heard two sounds: 1) his nervous system 2) his circulating blood Douglas Khan, makes the point that Cage would also have heard a third sound the sound of him discerning the two other previous sounds Is then music conceptual instead of perceptual? after that everything can be perceived as music a dehearchisation of values which can also resemble today's real subsumption in capitalism it allows you to do anything because it knows its power for recuperation is as strong as ever the point is not to treat all sounds as valid music but understand the relations that occur in the production and the reception and if possible change those conditions
2. Aware of its own mediation punk, folk, improv be as honest as possible nothing to hide, you are real record on the spot inside of you there is something pure a free spirit that needs to be captured for the world to explore but if Cage had to construct the whole narrative around the Chamber experience for his 4'33'' you had to construct your believe in self-expression your believe in lived unmediated experiences you just never show the process
3. Stuck in our own Trap like in a hamster wheel going around and round exercising self-referentiality discourse as a form of currency in the art world how critical we are going around and round these complex terms going around and round these cool trends I want to be seen next to the next big thing a quote here, a position there, We are stuck in our own trap self-conscious of the image we generate something must really change
4. Alienation as an Enabling Condition freedom is a cultural achievement alienation allows you the necessary distance to realize that there is no self to come back to it allows you to distinguish appearances from process from the experiencing self to the thinking subject alienation as maximal estrangement splitting of the subject from the self in order to find out how the self is produced resembling the uncovering of the obscurity of how commodities are produced
5. The Act Acting on Itself recognising the un-freedom of voluntary activity instead freedom as an act of self-determination where no selfs are involved just the act which might contain no humans the act acting on itself which in the process becomes a subject this act requires two different types of behavior: pattern-governed behavior rule-governed behavior pattern-governed behavior: doing things for a reason rule-governed behavior: doing things because of a reason the ability to act occurs when you superimpose them follow the rule compulsive freedom: how objectivity generates subjectivity 



released February 23, 2014

In May 2013, Disembraining invited Mattin to Australia to conceive a series of works addressing the question ‘What is not music?’ The question refers respectfully to the long-running Australian experimental festival ‘What is Music?’ reframing it as negation in order to investigate what sounds remain impossible to assimilate. In other words, what isn’t music?

Mattin responded by creating the 5th edition of his songbook series: an ongoing work that uses “improvisation as a way or exposing structural clichés in pop/rock music” and “song structures to demystify the so-called spontaneity and freedom of improvisation.”

Songbook 5 was created according to a strict set of conditions generated through an obsessively literal reiteration of the number 5. Yet it is clearly a ‘rock’ record in sound and feeling. As such it may be the most structurally determined ‘’rock’ album ever. An album that holds a mirror to rock’s ‘freedom’, celebrating its own mediation.

7-8 May 2013, Melbourne, Australia.

1: 5 musicians record 5 improvised songs of 5 minutes each addressing 5 concepts described in 5x5 word titles

What Isn’t Music After Cage? - Aware Of Its Own Mediation - Stuck In Our Own Trap - Alienation As An Enabling Condition - The Act Acting On Itself

2: Mattin performs a 25 minute concert with 5x5 minute sections structured by 5 instructions based on the song titles given to 5 members of the audience.å

3: Mattin records vocals for the 5 songs in the form of a singing lecture at the Victorian College of the Arts. The audience only hears Mattin’s voice (he listens to the backing tracks on headphones).

4: Recordings of parts 1, 2 and 3 are superimposed to create a 25 minute album consisting of 5x5 minute songs.

5: Record released in an edition of 555 copies.

Songbook 5 features contributions from Joel Stern and Alex Cuffe (Sky Needle), Andrew McLellan (Cured Pink) and the legendary NZ guitarist Dean Roberts (Thela, White Winged Moth, Autistic Daughters).


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experimental and underground music made in Brisbane circa 2009-12. We don't recall everything but if you have questions get in touch

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