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Creativity: Technology and Music

In collaboration with Susan Schmidt Horning


Hans-Joachim Braun

Creativity, by which something new, original, and valuable is formed, has positive connotations. This volume features essays on creative processes in technological invention, engineering design, architecture, music composition, improvisation, sound recording, authenticity in music, and computer music. They deal with significant present-day as well as with historical issues of creativity. They explore what creative processes in different domains have in common, to what extent cognitive science can shed light on them and how they can be modelled. Contrary to some approaches in creativity studies, the authors, if ever possible, try to avoid speculation and come to empirically valid conclusions.
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Technology, Transcultural Idioms, and the Question of Authenticity: Brian Eno and David Byrne in the Studio


Abstract Asif Siddiqi investigates Brian Eno’s and David Byrne’s early efforts in appropriating non-Western sounds within Western pop music. His focus is on Eno’s and Byrne’s recording “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” (1981), one of the first pop albums to use sampling techniques as their dominant artistic tool and one that was highly influential to subsequent generations of musicians. In this album the two musicians and record producers attempted to subvert prevailing notions of authorship and authenticity by distributing creative agency through a new kind of communal formation – based in the studio, but drawn from the world. Despite their best intentions, their appropriation of non-Western sounds through modern studio practices perfectly highlighted a set of contradictions about how technology can and has mediated our understanding of the valence of popular music in a globalized and unequal world.


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