Muzak

I make experimental, electronic music, which you can listen to @ Soundcloud & Spotify & the other usual places.
 
One of my tracks was featured on New Weird Australia’s 2022 compilation Collapse Theories
 
 

 

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Dr Alan Nguyen (white/clear glass) vs Zacharias Szumer (black/frosted glass). Each move on the midi controller chess board triggers one of 64 unique musical passages. Each match played creates a unique arrangement of musical passages.

Here’s some photos of Alan and I performing it at Melbourne club Miscellania, at a gig put on by Liquid Architecture/ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.

The first iteration of musical chess that I made. Game with Brisbane artist Orlando Furious

In On the Concept of History, Walter Benjamin compares the teleological view of history to the ‘Mechanical Turk’, a chess-playing mechanical illusion dressed in Ottoman robes that toured Europe in the late 18th Century. For those who see history teleologically – as a linear progression towards an inevitable end – going against the current is like playing against this formidable automaton: any move will surely be outmanoeuvred. However, for those on the other side of the chessboard, the mechanistic view of history is, like the Mechanical Turk, just a clever illusion. For Walter Benjamin’s Jewish ancestors, whose culture kept them in close proximity with their mythical past, history was imagined as a horizontal simultaneity, not a vertical movement through time. And for philosophers of non-linear dynamics like Manuel DeLanda, history is better thought of as an exploration across a horizontal field of possibilities – a polyrhythm of material, genetic and cultural flows. It’s Not All Black and White is a game of chess, in which moves on a midi launchpad trigger different musical sequences that represent these two tendencies of historical thought.

 

 

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A meme page/music project I made with my cousin. Here’s some of the music: