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Gaten en andere dingen die er niet zijn

Friday, 12 June 2009

Recently a book was published called ”Gaten en andere dingen die er niet zijn”, written by the Easy Aloha’s and published by Nieuw Amsterdam. The Easy Aloha’s have been mentioned in this blog as deejays and musicians, but they are also scientists.

This book is about everything that counts but doesn’t exist. There are more things that do not exist, like Yeti’s, Loch Ness monsters and the Arc of Covenant, but Bas Albers & Gerard Janssen write about holes, silences, spaces and zero’s. If you have not yet read the book, please do: I read it in one single session and my first thought after closing the book was that I wish it was twice as thick.
It is pretty hard core science, but even the physics chapters are easy to follow. They write a lot about silence, which turns out to be far more interesting than I thought. Here is a chapter that I wanted to share with you:

I still haven’t written much about copyright. And after this story I doubt whether it is worth my effort. I mean, this tops all I have to say.
Here is a site that is dedicated to silence: Site of silence.
And here is an advertisement record about silence:

The flexi record was made by Heinz Kindervoeding in 196?. It is a story by Bert Garthoff. The record came with a booklet in which the same story is told as on the record. With a few minor differences and with some sound effects that are not in the booklet.
Here is side A:

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And here is side B:

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Comments:

Milan

2009-06-12 04:05:42

That book fragment is insane. A typical moment where you don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.

jan

2009-06-12 07:11:18

And to think that even John Cage wasn’t the first who came up with the idea. I’ve been told that Raymond Scott wrote a piece called “silent music” earlier.

red bol

2009-06-12 12:21:52

my first was on The Feeding of the 5000 by the Crass which I deerly loved, it startde out with silence. from the wikipedia:

Workers at the pressing plant initially refused to handle it due to the allegedly blasphemous content of the song “Reality Asylum”. The record was eventually released with this track removed and replaced by two minutes of silence, ironically titled “The Sound Of Free Speech”.

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