With considerable skill, Porush traces the growth of "the metaphor of the machine" as it evolves both technologically and in literature of the twentieth century. Further, it introduces a series of unusual phenomena discovered while developing the shape changeable smart soft machine and interprets the related mechanisms regarding the effects of the shape, size, voltage, orientation and geometries of the external fields to control the liquid-metal transformers.
The book is written in a style close to that of Naked Lunch, employing third-person singular indirect recall, though now using the cut-up method. The soft machine by David Porush. David Porush shows how the concepts of cybernetics and artificial intelligence that have sparked our present revolution in computer and information technology have also become the source for images and techniques in our most highly sophisticated literature, postmodern fiction by Barthelme, Barth, Pynchon, Beckett, Burroughs, Vonnegut and others.
This new "virtual subject," as Bukatman defines it, situates the human and the technological as coexistent, codependent, and mutally defining. The Soft Machine shows postmodern fiction synthesizing the inviting metaphors and concepts of cybernetics with the ideals of art, a synthesis that results in what Porush calls "cybernetic fiction" alive to the myths and images of a cybernetic age. The Soft Machine. As satirist and parodist, William Burroughs has no peer, as these varied works, written over three decades, amply reveal. A.M.De Schepper (Editor) F. Vanhoenacker P.M.Parizel J. Gielen (Coeditors) Excerpt: Allan Holdsworth (born 6 August 1946) is an English guitarist and composer. Few styles of popular music have generated as much controversy as progressive rock, a musical genre best remembered today for its gargantuan stage shows, its fascination with epic subject matter drawn from science fiction, mythology, and fantasy literature, and above all for its attempts to combine classical music's sense of space and monumental scope with rock's raw power and energy. Pages: 23. He describes the birth of cybernetics, gives one of the clearest accounts for a lay audience of its major concepts and shows the growth of philosophical resistance to the mechanical model for human intelligence and communication which cybernetics promotes, a model that had grown increasingly influential in the previous decade. Stedelijk Museum, Radical Theory and Practice in William S. Burroughs' Fiction, Promoting Band Fandom and Music Creativity Through Writing...one Day at a Time, The Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science Fiction, English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture, Popular Strategies for Innovation After the End of Endings. On the other hand, critics branded the elaborate concerts of these bands as self- indulgent and materialistic. In doing so, she skillfully demonstrates that the ideas we now recognize as characteristic of post-structuralism and deconstruction were being developed independently by Burroughs long ago. The book traces the lives of Soft Machine’s members, pieces together the band’s serendipitous formation and colorful career, and unravels the truth, mystique, and legends. Frank Zappa once called Holdsworth "one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet." Then in a series of chapters richly supported by analyses of literary texts, visual arts, film, video, television, comics, computer games, and graphics, Bukatman takes the reader on an odyssey that traces the postmodern subject from its current crisis, through its close encounters with technology, and finally to new self-recognition. Bukatman not only offers the most detailed map to date of the intellectual terrain of postmodern technology studies—he arrives at new frontiers, providing a propitious launching point for further inquiries into the relationship of electronic technology and culture. It is written, true to the spirit of popular culture, in a lively style with abundant popular cultural references, and textual and visual puns. He reinvented himself as a singer and composer with the extraordinary album Rock Bottom, and in the early eighties his solo work was increasingly political. This portable book can even be used as a free-form planner (that you can use to plan your "accidental" celebrity run-ins). An exciting tour through an era of extravagant, mind-bending, and culturally explosive music, Rocking the Classics sheds new light on the largely misunderstood genre of progressive rock. Chapters: Allan Holdsworth, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Hugh Hopper, Daevid Allen, Andy Summers, Karl Jenkins, John Etheridge, Ric Sanders, John Stanley Marshall, Mike Ratledge, Elton Dean, Roy Babbington, Alan Wakeman, Phil Howard, Nick Evans, Marc Charig, Jimmy Hastings. He ruminates on science and the often dubious paths into which it seems intent on leading us, whether into outer or inner space. . PROLOGUE.1 CHAPTER ONE. He describes the birth of cybernetics, gives one of the clearest accounts for a lay audience of its major concepts and shows the growth of philosophical resistance to the mechanical model for human intelligence and communication which cybernetics promotes, a model that had grown increasingly influential in the previous decade. Wonderfully entertaining.
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Robert Wyatt started out as the drummer and singer for Soft Machine, who shared a residency at Middle Earth with Pink Floyd and toured America with Jimi Hendrix.