[Frameworks] new branch of ubu archive seeks submissions

From: Electronic Sound Resource UBU (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jun 08 2010 - 16:22:55 PDT


*new branch of ubu archive seeks submissions*

we're in the process of co-curating a new subsection of the ubu.com
<http://ubuweb.org/>archive devoted to historical and rare/unnoticed
materials concerning the *technical* development of experimental/electronic
approaches to sound. it seems like there's a real need for this kind of
archive and we're wondering if you've got anything in your collections you'd
like to share. we're open to suggestions about what would make such an
archive "useful".

specifically, we're looking for information about the actual methods and
techniques of electronic and experimental music, not just aesthetic writing.
we're interested in instrument design, performance methods, graphic scores,
and idiosyncratic techniques. we're looking for technical/historical
articles, scores, documents, books, small-press magazines and patents that
are either rare (and unlikely to be reprinted) or public domain (but little
known - like hedy lamarr's frequency-hopping patent), but not things (like
most schematics) that are clearly contestable as intellectual property. to
give some examples, we'll be posting daphne oram's book, "an individual
note", manford eaton's "bio-music" articles, most of "source: music of the
avant garde", moog/wiedenaar's "electronic music review", and a collection
of translated german papers on EM from the early 50's.

design articles offering analysis of significant circuits of historical
value are definitely of interest. however, most other schematics would be
off-limits. besides being a nightmare to sort & evaluate, schematics are
clearly property in many cases. it is not within our scope to offer
"cookbook" circuits for builders. it is our primary goal to provide
perspective, not tutorials. hugh davies' articles tracing the history of the
ring modulator and optical synthesis are more like it. we also intend to
highlight the visual language(s) used in experimental work. visual and also
audio materials are strongly desired.

contemporary work, when already well-documented on personal websites and
blogs, is probably not appropriate for inclusion. the purpose of the archive
is to offer materials that are hard to find. there are likely exceptions.

please contact us at the address below with submissions, questions,
suggestions, or wish lists.

michael johnsen

matthew wellins

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