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Rhythm Science

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  148 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The conceptual artist Paul Miller, also known as Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid, delivers a manifesto for rhythm science - the creation of art from the flow of patterns in sound and culture, the changing same. Taking the Dj's mix as template, he describes how the artist, navigating the innumerable ways to arrange the mix of cultural ideas and objects that bombard us, uses t ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published March 19th 2004 by Mit Press (first published March 1st 2004)
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I can't believe I read the whole thing... but I did because I wanted to excerpt something from it for my Remix course, as I was curious about how 20-yr-olds would respond to his associative remixed prose. To me, it was less a book than the extended liner notes of a pretentious teenager on acid. The format is very high concept: there's a hole in the middle of each page and every other spread is graphics, tho not very interesting graphics. I have nothing but respect for what Miller--aka DJ Spooky- ...more
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Dec 01, 2010 DWRL Library rated it really liked it
In Rhythm Science, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid draws on theory and poplar culture alike to look at how ideas, sounds and media across time speak to one another in “this era of multiplex consciousness.” Using the figure of the DJ as his primary example, he verbally, visually and aurally explores the art and science of sampling to demonstrate the ways in which technology continues to influence the way we create and connect with one another. For those interested in remix culture a ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Joel rated it liked it
Shelves: theory, music
I got a lot of enjoyment from reading this book, which contains many highly quotable sections. Unfortunately it suffers from a lack of direction, jumping from one concept to another, rarely giving each one as much consideration as it deserves. There are many sections of fluid esoteric prose... if only it would coagulate! Rhythm Science does however do a good job of planting seeds in ones' mind with respect to reconsidering what function a DJ performs, and what meaning or influence music can brin ...more
Jul 24, 2007 Dan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: DJ Spooky fans, avante garde type people
DJ Spooky (Paul D Miller) is a great musician and he is very intelligent; he's also insane.

This book is a complete stream of consciousness essay on media, technology and their interactions and the parallels with the interaction of life and art (art imitating life imitating art etc etc.)

I found this book very thought provoking. This essay is definitely one of the most apt portrayals of the epistemology and philosophy of art of my technically savvy generation. While this book is stream of consciou
Jul 31, 2012 Sandi rated it liked it
Though very short, and not tackling very difficult concepts, this was a difficult book to read. The style is more like a prose-poem than an essay. With the exception of some quotable and interesting epigrams ("home is where your cell phone is" is a good one), the work may not be worth reading for its thesis. Its main points can all be found in other essays (Foucault's "What Is An Author?" seems to be a big influence) and the essay revisits points throughout, which prompted me to think "did I alr ...more
Dec 21, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
dj spooky is a cool cat. coiner of sweet aphorisms like "home is where your cellphone is" this short book is a romp through his personal narrative (how a kid from d.c. became this conceptual artist published by the likes of MIT Press) and philosophy about what the human subject looks like in the fragmented digital age. he's great at weaving seemingly disparate discussions together in a way that is bold but not gimmicky.
Nov 15, 2007 Karie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
This book is cool. Its an easy, enjoyable read for audiophiles and you will be smarter and cooler for having read it. Leave it out on the table when you're having a party. Even if "Der Komissar" is playing on your party mix, people will see this book and know you are the shiz (and think your party mix is both hip and ironic).
Apr 03, 2009 M. rated it really liked it
reading this is like navigating a three-dimensional space. more accurately, it is like being in a 3-d wikipedia with someone else controlling the mouse. i really enjoy miller's style and exuberance and his ideas on multiplex consciousness, despite many of the ideas being not so new to me.
Jan 08, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
An innovative format and layout and a smart, if (deliberately) derivative little pamphlet on the "culture of the copy" and the role of the DJ within it. The best parts were when Miller reflected on the differences between music sampling/mixing and that in other media.
Alastair Kemp
Although I find this very entertaining and enjoyable, as a reader of much he references, I did find the theory a tad shallow. More style than substance, unfortunately, as there is potential there.
Sep 03, 2008 Syd rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Syd by: pamela
such brilliance in words that makes me miss being a theory geek in grad school. i have a new appreciation for sound and audio that is rocking how i now make art.
Jan 04, 2012 Robin rated it liked it
art meets literature. hip-hop flow of consciousness and academic musings. fun :)
Jan 26, 2011 Z rated it it was ok
See, he wrote so much, but it meant nothing to me.
Mar 15, 2007 Jafar rated it really liked it
You don't expect DJ's to be good writers.
Aug 22, 2008 Kate rated it it was ok
That got old fast.
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