Author: jonahbutler

Electronic Intertextuality in Music

These past days I’ve had my head lost in the intertextuality of music, especially genres that use sampling as to incorporate themes, musical ideas or lyrics into original ideas that then create an altogether new experience.  This kind of creation is a musical frankenstein, as all the pieces are chopped and sawed, stitched and glued, assembled and rearranged to create…

Jason Nelson Evokes Pierre Schaeffer

Looking beyond the flash animations that were assigned from class, I decided to hunt for some other messy, disorienting Jason Nelson creations.  After browsing through much of his archives I chose a particular one entitled “Conversation.” The opening page of “Conversation” is dressed in circling block letters that are infinitely scrambling clockwise.  To stop the spinning scrabble-like letters, I clicked…

Explanation for Shade: DMT and the Afterlife

The class briefly talked about hallucinatory experiences found at desert festivals like Burning Man, and just how prolific finding those kinds of experiences are at festivals.  Going beyond the expected substances like lsd and magic mushrooms, there is a more correlative hallucinatory drug (or rather, a chemical process) that may explain the character’s blending of his comfortable reality and his…

Our Third Eye

The casual click of the mouse, the undetected electric currents racing through cyberspace, hosts of random images, image hallucinations (you think it, you see it), cyber-talk, surrealism, reality augmentation and controlled phantasmic experiences.   If ever a mysterious brainchild has come along in the most recent years, the internet is that one.  The computer with the accompaniment of the massive, exploratory…

If Electronic Literature Is Art, Then We Are Artists Everyday.

What’s “digital born”?  Who’s doing the large majority of digital birthing? I am a digital mother, birthing electronic literature.  If anyone has ever clasped a phone in their hand, typed a message, isn’t that giving birth to some kind of electronic literature? Questions about art arose earlier in class this morning.  Questions like, what constitutes art…what defines literature…what defines electronic…

Siri, Here…I’m Never Leaving

I haven’t broke my way into and welcomed the age of the Iphone 4s (I’m still using the outdated 3GS), but I can predict that the Siri technology is carving the path into a posthuman world. With predecessors such as Eliza and the multitude of other text-based adventure games that all use the human to computer interaction, Siri is the…