Algorithms, Affect, and Aesthetic Listening

Authored by: David Cecchetto

The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138780613
eBook ISBN: 9781315770567
Adobe ISBN: 9781317672777


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With its characteristic coupling of human activity with unthinkable machinic speeds and scales, contemporary technoculture intensifies the basic but essential problem of how to act responsibly when one’s actions are implicated in nonlinear networks that exceed the purview of consciousness. This chapter listens alongside the ways that sounding art has addressed this bind—and might continue to. Specifically, I argue that aurality-informed approaches to digital technologies (and to algorithms in particular) can reveal certain perceptual biases that underwrite these technologies, opening the ground for meaningful interventions in their use, design, and dissemination.

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