Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Hauntology: The Past Inside The Present

17 comments:

  1. Good lord man, isn't a primer supposed to be concise?! How you find the time to write 15000 words for a blog post (and part one of four?!) and still do anything else is beyond me! I've just had a skim through and it looks like even more devastatingly brilliant a survey of an aesthetic niche than the Wonky 'episode'. Unfortunately I don't drink tea so it will take me a while to get through it but I'm very much looking forward to it as much of the hauntological activity presented here is unknown to me. You can consider any hat I own to have already been blown right off though! (I mean - look how many exclamation marks I've used...)

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  2. Agreed. Quite pleased to see this. Frankly, I've always found the whole "hauntology" criterial niche (as delineated by others in recent years) to be a bit dodgy, and thought that Boards of Canada had initially embodied the aesthetic so well that I didn't understand why they received so little emphasis in the discussion. Citing the work of Tuysman as a visual equivalent makes for a great pairing. Looking forward to the rest.

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  3. Wow. I just sat down to write a little bit about the same topic on my blog. I added youtube clips to illustrate my points and everything. Then I cycled through the blogs I read and I found your comprehensive article. Your article is fantastic and helped me better understand what I just wrote about. Thanks. I included a link to your blog from mine so people could get the real deal here. Thanks for your diligence and capturing our minute zeitgeist.

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  4. Incredible post, I enjoy it a lot. Thanks!

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  5. This is fantastic. I am obsessed with anything BoC, and I am still unraveling the mysteries of their music. Your blog has led me to new answers and also to new questions.
    I look forward to your further entries.

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  6. i'm long past the boc obsession, i feel that ghost box are carrying on in the direction i really wanted boc to take after geogaddi... the only criticism i'd level is that as much i love messrs house and jupp's alternate universe, i really don't see too much in common between derrida's hauntology and reynolds' hauntology. when reynolds uses the term it feels like a semi-fitting, convenient label to me.

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  7. Your writing is like Ariel Pinks music

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  8. Brilliant and well written.
    Thanks a lot.
    Keep posting! It's good to see an intelligent discourse outside the usual musicologists journals..

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  9. i cannot express in words how much this post changed the way i see some things. thank you.

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  10. Very Interesting, Painters like Peter Doig nogotiating the death of painting; I think Richard Hamilton is worth a mention. Image and process, "kent State"
    Well Done !

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  11. Thank you for this. I'm conducting my own sort of investigation into specters: http://www.scribd.com/doc/52872611/An-Investigation-Into-Phantom-Possibilities, and my last project was capturing spectral messages in temporally collapsed technology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAtYK6VKCds Would love to get in touch and swap a few more ideas. Thanks again, great work! Brad Hwang, Berlin

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  12. I'm way late here, but I enjoyed your sprawling thesis on hauntology. Now I must try and hear something by Boards of Canada!

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  13. This would make a great printed chap-book on hauntology with illustrations. The title is a great one, because a lot of the music does have such strong links to Boards of Canada's music.

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  14. Is there a somewhat hauntological quality to the fact that a few of the videos you embedded don't work anymore? That ghostly TV snow with the words, "This video does not exist." They are both there, in your post, yet not there in content. They no longer fulfill their demonstrative functions, yet still lay there as a reminder of a time when this post was better able to participate in that Utopian vision that is the "Information Age."

    Orrrr I'm just spewing nonsense right now. hahaha

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  15. This was a trip. No, I didn't read the whole thing, but thanks for the exposure to some intriguing music, artists and ideas.

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  16. best read in a while. Thanks a lot for this.

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