William Morris would be horrified: the Industrial Revolution which his Arts and Crafts movement was protesting against is now considered romantic. Steampunk is aware of the irony of escaping today’s technology by celebrating another era’s automation. Aethercon organiser Michael Hodgson admits he’s a software engineer. My brother and son in law also visit this place […]

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Adorno was describing the use of tonal materials after the supposed breakdown of tonality, but his words hold just as true for dead technologies.3). An entire instrument subculture has sprung up around instruments like the Mellotron and old synthesizers, with the requisite collectors, museums, restoration experts, and recorded anthologies. This is, of course, just one […]

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