Picked up a copy of Paul D. Miller's (aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid) edited work Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture which includes artists, DJs and journalists writing about the expansion of possibilities for music in the 21st century, with contributions from everyone from Steve Reich to Bruce Sterling. A great collection with a CD of avant-garde music.

It also includes a piece by Simon Reynolds on the CCRU – the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, a peculiar research centre that began at Warwick University (before moving into the cyber-ether), started by Nick Land and Sadie Plant, to explore the limits of cyber-culture (crudely, crudely put!). One particular member was, I believe, k-punk but also Steve Goodman (here he is on jungle), who is currently writing what will be an amazing book about 'Sonic Warfare', due out with MIT next year. He is also, as any dubstep nerd out there can tell you, the alter ego of Kode 9 and the label boss of Hyper Dub, the home of Mercury nominee Burial. But I digress! A fascinating piece that seems to suggest that the CCRU was almost some kind of cult…!

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