Re: [-empyre-] kicking off - noise

Hi alan,
I began thinking about noise when I did a brief catch up on information theory and became interested in all these large arrows pointing into the 'communications models'. The arrows were consistently labeled noise! And it seemed to be a (paradoxical ) constant. I think noise has developed for me now into a metaphorical term which finds its way as a traveller between analogue and digital models. I'd be reluctant to label it (or anything for that matter) universal. To me, the occurrence of noise, both visual and sonic, is aesthetic but also material, so it is quite specific and located, rather than universal. However this contradicts my first point that noise seems to appear everywhere in the models - i guess it is this contradiction that interests me the most. I think of digital media as inherently contradictory, and this is what keeps me interested, it is simultaneously pervasive and specific.

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