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New branch of Ubu archive seeks submissions
« on: June 29, 2010, 04:35:01 AM »
New branch of Ubu archive seeks submissions


We're in the process of co-curating a new subsection of the ubu.com
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.

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