Y O U R O T H E R L I F E
A Seismic Spinner
Photo by Mark Samuel
Parris studies literary theory and philosophy, as well as
16th- and 17th-century British literature. He also
organizes an annual experimental music festival at Hopkins'
Homewood campus, the Once Twice Festival. One of the
artists he's bringing to campus in April, Josh "Kit"
Clayton, made an album by plugging seismic data from the
San Francisco Bay area into a computer program he'd
written. Parris says the muddled sound didn't appeal to
him, until he began to hear how the layers of sound
interacted, just as tectonic plates do. He lapses into the
vocabulary of Gilles Deleuze, one of his favorite
post-structuralist theorists -- "multiplicity, assemblage,
layers of stratification" -- until he catches himself.
"Everyone talks about Deleuze and electronic music, but
they do it in such a non-rigorous and lackadaisical way,"
he sighs. "All of a sudden it's cool and trendy to like
Deleuze." --Val Wang
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