I am sometimes asked why I collect typewriters. Certainly there is the thrill of collecting, of discovering a rare machine or some historical detail, but largely I collect as an act of rebellion, rebellion against the incursion of modern technology. A typewriter is one step backwards in the continuum of progress, and I find that I sometimes wish to stand still, to grasp what I have become and recall what I have been. The typewriter is my muse.
In an earlier age, humans regretted progress because it made men into machines. But now, progress makes machines into men. Which is more frightening?
Donya Quick, a lecturer at Yale, has been exploring computer-generated music, discovering (?) new compositions through digital processes. You can view her site here: DonyaQuick.com. The compositions are provocative.
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