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hors du troupeau — relays & reconstructions

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The song remains the same — more or less. All of the various tracks that will make up relays & reconstructions are instances of a single composition assembled in Wotja, the generative music software I’ve been using on most of the hors du troupeau tracks. But because the software introduces gradual and partially random development into the composition as it unfolds, the sameness is relative — particularly as that development is allowed to continue. So, in order to explore the extent and character of that development it has made sense to allow the development to continue hour after hour, but also to record multiple instances of a “single” composition at similar lengths, both as audio files and as midi files. […]

Along a Narrow Way — An E. Armand Calendar for 2022

Corvus Editions

I wanted—as a first step toward getting a more comprehensive selection of Armand’s writings into print—to draw together a selection of short, direct articles and poems that presented the tone of his egoist anarchist individualism, along with some of the key preoccupations and recurring tropes from his writings. […]

hors du troupeau — audio experiments

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After a silence of nearly twenty years, it’s a pleasure to relaunch Libertatia Laboratories. The new project, hors du troupeau, undoubtedly scores low on the quirkiness scale, next to old friend like Guinea-Pig Fleet and Elephant after Elephant. […]

Anarchist History: Our Lost Continent

Corvus Editions: Anarchistic Frontiers

Corvus Editions

I am not sure there is any way forward but to gather together the fruits of the last couple of decades or research and present them for use, as if there was an audience ready and willing to use them. And since we’re talking about works deemed insufficiently commercial even for the niches filled by anarchist publishers and academic presses, the way to do that is through print-on-demand volumes. So the next phase of the Corvus Edition story involves a line of collections published through Lulu. […]

Our Lost Continent: Episodes from an Alternate History of the Anarchist Idea, 1837–1936

Our Lost Continent

My goal overall is to produce a work that is at least potentially useful and shareable among anarchists of a variety of tendencies, as well as students of “the anarchist idea.” (The phrase is one of Nettlau’s that was obscured in translation.) But, to be honest, I am also very interested not to get too deeply involved in certain kinds of debate about how inclusive anarchist history ought to be. I expect that the best version of the work would hold little interest for those for whom anarchism does not appear still nascent in some important senses. For those willing to at least weigh the possibility of really sharing a historical tradition, I have some hope of presenting a relatively compelling case, but for others, honestly, I got nothin’… […]

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