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Robin MacKay sits on a panel of 4 people. He leans forward to speak into a mic

Before or after finitude?

Before or after finitude?

Electronic music, time, thought, the word, and consecutive matters

Electronic music, time, thought, the word, and consecutive matters – a discussion.

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What we wrote about it at the time: Who: INSTAL 10 artists Catherine Christer Hennix and Florian Hecker, chatting to Barry from Arika and Robin MacKay. Robin is the editor of Collapse 1 , the most interesting (and most interestingly radical) journal of research and development in contemporary thought, and required reading in our house 2

What: Hecker and Hennix both make some of the most advanced electronic music we’ve heard or thought about. Both are inspired by radical philosophical and mathematical systems of thought, but perhaps from very different schools or stances when it comes to: time, thought and the world, infinity, and so on…

Why: Did you know that probing the seamy underbelly of 20th Century mathematics reveals ideological strife and controversy and intrigue and nastiness and fervour on a quite shocking scale? Did you know that whatever side you come down on reveals an awful lot about where (for e.g.) you put human thought in relation to the world, or what kind of advanced, mind-expanding electronic music you might make.

  1. www.urbanomic.com
  2. And certainly for anybody interested in, (as I’m sure you all are): culinary materialism, a physics of no time, radical neuroscience, Islamic Exotericism*, what Copernicus did for us, artistic applications for Einstein’s model for four-dimensional spacetime; and, you know, the like….*The opposite of being esoteric (had to look that up)..

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a table of four people taking part in a panel discussion

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Robin MacKay sits on a panel of 4 people. He leans forward to speak into a mic

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

a table of four people taking part in a panel discussion

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Robin MacKay sits on a panel of 4 people. He leans forward to speak into a mic

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward