In his final work, a short essay about "life" written 2 years after the death of Guattari and just before his own, Deleuze describes "pure immanence" as a vital, relational, collaborative, and communal plane of emergence on which we can embody, experiment with, and navigate radically multiple potentialities of life and becoming that may seem to have been foreclosed by the affective weight of our deeply precarious, hyper-normativizing, and ceaselessly totalizing present. The catch is that this radical and queer potentiality to become-otherwise-together is and has always-already been inside of all of us, virtually embodied yet materially dormant, waiting to be activated and expressed by our literal coming together to do the damn thing. With this concept in mind, our performances and parties seek to activate a plane of consistency among various styles and genres of music that are intended to be used as tools for performatively stretching our collective senses of the feelable and the possible.
Do we operate our electronic systems or do we play them?
enchantment versus interaction
if our goal is musical expression we have to move beyond designing technical systems.
we have to move beyond symbolic interaction.
we have to transcend responsive logic;
engage with the system:
power it and touch it with our bodies,
with our brains.
invent it and discover it’s life;
embrace it as instrument.
an instrument that sounds between our minds.
we will have to operate beyond pushing buttons and activating sensors
beyond isolating gestures and mapping data and parameters
beyond calculating response
beyond assuming that the concept will create music
we should abolish the illusion of ‘control’
merge our intentions into those of the instrument and the audience
get inspired by change, miscalculation, invested instinct, insightful anticipation, surprise and failure
the sensors, the logic, the artistic debate, the technical debate, the circuits, the theories about perception, the new war
driven technologies, the ability or dis-ability to communicate, the conferences, the endless experimentation with system
tweaks, the touch and sound, the reoccurring state of disbelief, the craving for the stage, the difficult and great
collaborations, composing the now, the survival of the electronic music scenes, the nime, the industry, the independents,
the musical fun, the appreciation of difference, the body as source of electrical and musical energy, the bonding of
thinkers, the rapid improvisers,
… just to extrapolate some ingredients and vehicles of our quest.
it might work if we manage to express ourselves musically by moving beyond interaction,
beyond mere technical beliefs and disbelief.
by engaging, by trusting ourselves into the potential of our new instruments,
enchanting our sounds, our audience.
enchantment is not only a state of mind,
it is a technology
designing for new musical expression is casting a spell on instrumental practice.
Michel Waisvisz, Limerlé, May 2006
"empathy is a capacity to ‘read’ the
resistances and affordances of objects, bodies, people, and environments."
Ocularcentrism: Western culture's perceptual and epistemological bias ranking vision as more sophisticated, intellectual, and valuable than other senses.
"Today's mainstream technologies are well designed for rapid consumption of information and linear, sequential action. A side effect of their effectiveness to task, however, is a loss of undirected, curiosity-driven exploration in the world."
A technology is interactive to the degree that it reflects the consequences of our actions or decisions back to us. It follows that an interactive technology is a medium through which we communicate with ourselves... a mirror. The medium not only reflects back, but also refracts what it is given; what is returned is ourselves, transformed and processed. To the degree that the technology reflects ourselves back recognizably, it provides us with a self-image, a sense of self. To the degree that the technology transforms our image in the act of reflection, it provides us with a sense of the relation between this self and the experienced world. This is analogous to our relationship with the universe. Newton's First Law, stating that "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction," implies that everything is a mirror. We discover our 'selves' in the mirror of the universe.