Part rigorous history, part insightful commentary, and part memoir, Mad Skills tells the story behind MIDI, through the twentieth century’s kaleidoscopic lens.
Guiding us across one hundred years of musical instruments, and the music made with them, it recounts the technical and creative innovations that led to the making of the most vital, long-standing, ubiquitous, and yet invisible music technology of our time.
Praise for Mad Skills:
“Blending technical knowledge, business history, and cultural polemic, Mad Skills is a sharp study of a human invention that stamped its post-human character over an entire era of pop.” – Simon Reynolds,author of Retromania and Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture
“… a deep, clear read on the historical and social development of machine music; wisdom about MIDI finally.” – Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never
“Through deep dives into archives, original interviews, and an aptitude for the Marxian archaeology of electronics, Diduck opens the...
In anticipation of the release of Daniel Spicer's new book The Turkish Psychedelic Music Explosion: Anadolu Psych (1965-1980) next week, have a listen to a Turkish psych compilation Dan compiled for The Wire's primer series in 2011. Listen to it here. The book is released next Thursday (15th March)!
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