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ECHO, a journal of music, thought and technology

ECHO Issue #3 - Feedback now online

A third issue titled "Feedback" has just been released in ECHO, a journal of music, thought and technology. The guest editor is Adam Pultz Melbye (composer, musician and PhD-candidate at Queen's University's Sonic Arts Research Centre).

Financial flash crashes, Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, thermostats, the Gulf Stream, Watt’s steam engine, global warming, artificial neural networks. In all of these phenomena feedback is a driving force, creating the possibility for adaption, equilibrium and learning, but also setting the stage for surprising, nonlinear—and in some cases—catastrophic behaviours. As a core component of cybernetics, feedback processes are at play in theory of architecture (Minati and Collen, 2009), management (Beer 1961), robotics (Brooks, 1999), and anthropology (Bateson, 2000) while in the sonic and performative arts, it has propelled seminal works ranging from Onkyo (Nakamura, 2013) and ambient music (Eno, 1975) to sound art (Lucier, 1997).

The new issue includes peer-reviewed multimedia articles, as well as artist statements, by Virgile Abela, Øyvind Brandtsegg, Jaehoon Choi, Nicolas Collins, Eugenia Demeglio, Agostino Di Scipio, Petra Dubach, Robert Ek, Scott McLaughlin, You Nakai, David Novak, Mattias Petersson, Thanos Polymeneas-Liontiris, Adam Pultz Melbye, Dario Sanfilippo, Ricardo Thomasi, Mario van Horrik and Marcus Whale.

About ECHO

ECHO, an initiative of the MTT (Music, Thought and Technology) research group at the Orpheus Institute, is an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal that exists to share creative work and understanding in the common space at the intersection of music, thought and technology.

Authors are encouraged to structure digitally-native storytelling around their creative work, using media-rich materials, nonlinear navigation and tools of data representation and interactive code. The ECHO software environment is made available to contributors to experiment.

Editors-in-chief are Jonathan Impett and Nicolas Collins. Each issue has its own guest editor.

Addition to ECHO #2 - Networks

A new article by Diana Chester, Benjamin Carey and Liam Bray titled Creatively Processing the Pandemic has been added to issue #2 - Networks (Juan Parra Cancino, ed.).

→ Read the article

Call for submissions - ECHO #4

The fourth issue of ECHO, a journal of music, thought and technology is planned for September 2022. After "Archive(s)", "Networks" and "Feedback" the title is "New Mimesis", with Jonathan Impett as issue editor. The call for submissions is now open.

Submission deadline: 30 April 2022.

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