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nomos
16-02-2006, 11:34 PM
I've looked all over the net in vain, finding only Ccru, Nettime and assorted bits. Nothing recent. I'd expect he'd have a lot to say about dubstep and grime, and I'd like to see how he reconfigures his break-based concepts in the hacked-2step context.

Anyone?

Ach!
17-02-2006, 02:14 AM
I second this query, but cannot provide any more information.

satanmcnugget
17-02-2006, 08:45 AM
twas i who first suggested that we start an online petition to DEMAND that he start a blog, lest we all camp out on his lawn

but nobody listens to me (fuckers!!!), so....shrugz :)

Woebot
17-02-2006, 10:00 AM
we saw him at simon's rip it up thing.

kodwo's a cool cat.

nomos
17-02-2006, 02:38 PM
sphaleotas (http://blog.urbanomic.com/sphaleotas/archives/000788.html)

Has he been writing? I can't fiind a thing.

john eden
17-02-2006, 02:55 PM
Last time I saw him he was talking about writing in exhibition catalogues.

Something he wrote about blaxploitation is quoted in one of 3 new stewart home pamphlets I have...

blissblogger
17-02-2006, 03:46 PM
i think he has a job for a TV production company that evolved out of this Black Film Workshop thing --forget their name, a bunch of Black British film makers that K was friendly with-- anyway it's now a TV production company with a more streetwise name (Smoking Gun or something like that) and K has been coming up with ideas and treatments for series, mostly music related

i imagine he is also busy, like he's been since More Brilliant, on that whole museum/art gallery/conference circuit, giving talks and being on panels and such across Europe and indeed the globe -- as you say writing catalogue essays and such

his girlfriend and he were working on some out-there project -- a film or documentary -- about zero gravity, i think they actually went up into the upper atmosphere and did the whole Zero G thing a couple of times

but yes it is frustrating that we don't see his writing in magazines hardly at all ... it feels like the kind of interzones where "that kind of thing" is allowed e..g like iD have kind of closed up.... so the only place it can go on is art journals and academia

he totally welched on his deal with Woebot, where matt was going to get him a new copy of Enforcers 6 cos it got melted in a house fire and K in return was going to start a blog

stelfox
17-02-2006, 03:55 PM
i think i-D is still doing interesting stuff. i get pretty much free rein to do whatever the hell i like there, anyway, provided it works. it would be nice to see kodwo doing music crit there again because we've got totally different approaches (boiled down, i like taking physical journeys to understand music and kodwo likes making psychic/theoretical ones) and i think they'd complement one another really damned well. i want to see the dude writing more coz i miss him lots and he's a nice chap. i might see if i can drag him out for my forthcoming resonance fm series (CHECK THAT PLUG OUT! i'll make a proper announcement when i've got dates for it, but some dissensians will be guesting on shows and it's going to be a lot of fun).

nomos
17-02-2006, 04:07 PM
Now I feel like a stalker. Here's an IMDB entry (http://imdb.com/title/tt0113604/).

Sounds like he's doing interesting work but yeah it's a shame that the fora his sort of written work have been closing down. I think Woebot and satanmcnugget have got the right idea. John, where could I track down those Stewart Home pamphlets from overseas?

On the plus side, Steve Goodman/Kode9 has been doing more current work in a similar vein. I'm looking forward to seeing more from him. Thanks all for the info.

nomos
17-02-2006, 04:08 PM
i should be checking iD more often

john eden
17-02-2006, 04:13 PM
I'll have a look at those pamphlets tonight - it might just be a reference rather than big quotage.

He's also lecturing, btw.

blissblogger
17-02-2006, 08:10 PM
lecturing

oh yeah he's been doing stuff at Goldsmiths hasn't he

Woebot
20-02-2006, 12:17 PM
he totally welched on his deal with Woebot, where matt was going to get him a new copy of Enforcers 6 cos it got melted in a house fire and K in return was going to start a blog

it's true isn't it! that feels like a million years ago......

he really should do a blog. they're such wonderfully useful things. everyone should have a blog i reckon.

owen
20-02-2006, 01:20 PM
lecturing

oh yeah he's been doing stuff at Goldsmiths hasn't he

uncanny really- cos he's teaching a 'music as communication' media course, which i did when i was at goldsmiths and spent most of my time using 'more brilliant...' as proof that the course was utterly useless...

labrat
21-02-2006, 11:13 AM
his girlfriend and he were working on some out-there project -- a film or documentary -- about zero gravity, i think they actually went up into the upper atmosphere and did the whole Zero G thing a couple of times

a film by the Otolith Group was shown at the Cornerhouse, Manchester.

http://blog.urbanomic.com/sphaleotas/archives/Otolith/ea_opening.html

Stewart Home quotes him in this essay.....http://www.metamute.org/en/node/7031/print

jutboyd
28-02-2006, 10:53 PM
such a good question, myself and several friends have been wondering what kodwo has been up to. i picked up a mediocre album called Folky ( a comp of folk/electronic) just because kodwo had written the liner notes. i'd love to hear his insights on dubstep, reynolds has blogged a bit a bout it, but not all that much.

labrat
01-03-2006, 12:58 PM
He was in the Observer this Sunday....he's showing (as part of the Otolith Group ) in the Tate Triennial as of today. http://observer.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329421167-102285,00.html

Karl Kraft
06-03-2006, 01:01 AM
Last times I hear anything abt Kodwo it was in relation to architecture. I saw him at a Sweatshop debate where he was on a real Archigram trip, and he's just contributed to champion of Brutalism David Adjaye's Public Buildings book, he's the guy who also did that amazing 'Within Reach' collaboration with Chris Ofili @ Venice Biennale 03. Kodwo seems to do an amazing variation of things

LRJP!
30-03-2006, 03:12 PM
Don't know if anybody saw this obituary of Octavia Butler by KE (http://books.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,1731987,00.html) the other week - i only stumbled accross it today. FWIW i think the Tate Trienniel piece is fantastic, an odd film about Indian Socialism, Female Cosmonauts and evolution. Marker-esque i thought...

mms
26-04-2006, 01:24 PM
he was at the battles gig at dingwalls last night thoroughly enjoying himself

Ach!
26-04-2006, 04:42 PM
Ha! I just walked past him twice in Goldsmiths College Library. At the moment he's talking to blonde ladies, discussing his brother's TV appearances. I will try my best to follow him around for a bit.

boomnoise
26-04-2006, 05:01 PM
hahah. photos to info@whereiskodwo.com please.

labrat
28-11-2006, 12:19 PM
he was on the BBC4 doc. The Martians And Us (british sci-fi) last night (a great series it was too)

Woebot
28-11-2006, 01:59 PM
i rummaged through his bins last night....only kidding. though lets keep up the stalking here.

nomos
28-11-2006, 02:54 PM
I'm immersed in Afrofuturist/Sonic Fiction material right now from both sides of the Atlantic. Might pull a blog post or two out of it. Eshun's "Further Considerations on Afrofuturism" (New Centennial Review, 2003) is worth a read as a bit of an update on his thought since More Brilliant One quote:

SF CAPITAL
Power now deploys a mode the critic Mark Fisher calls SF (science fiction) capital. SF capital is the synergy, the positive feedback between future-oriented media and capital. The alliance between cybernetic futurism and “New Economy” theories argues that information is a direct generator of economic value. Information about the future therefore circulates as an increasingly important commodity.

Also sections on Futurism Fatigue, and "chronopolitical intervention" via "histories of futures past."

nomos
28-11-2006, 02:56 PM
though lets keep up the stalking here....and i'm pretty sure i saw him leaving his house on google earth.

nomos
28-11-2006, 06:25 PM
'Futurism Fatigue' might make an interesting link to k-punk's 'nomadalgia'

LRJP!
29-11-2006, 08:01 AM
Hold tight Amazon.co.uk proof-reading crew!! (http://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Adjaye-Making-Public-Buildings/dp/0500342245/sr=11-1/qid=1164787009/ref=sr_11_1/202-8152997-7194236)

lazybones
01-12-2006, 01:35 AM
just searched for more brilliant than the sun on amazon as i was thinking of purchasing a second copy... seems its out of print and going for 470 quid used??!!!

nomos
01-12-2006, 01:49 AM
^^ that's horrible. i saw new ones for a normal price on there recently but i guess they're gone now.

waterstone's has it listed for 10 quid with a note to contact them about availability:
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=4839742

amazon has The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective, 1982-1998 listed for March 2007.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghosts-Songs-Collective-1982-1998-University/dp/1846310148/sr=1-2/qid=1164937542/ref=sr_1_2/026-6828067-7526851?ie=UTF8&s=books

tate
01-12-2006, 03:46 AM
just searched for more brilliant than the sun on amazon as i was thinking of purchasing a second copy... seems its out of print and going for 470 quid used??!!!
I have a question about the chronology of Eshun's work. How influential was he by the time of the publication of More Brilliant Than The Sun? Had he been known since the days of jungle, or before, or was it with this book that he made his mark? When did people first become aware of his writings? Apologies if this is a naive question, it's one that I've never been quite clear on. The book came out in the summer of 1999, correct? Was there any criticism of it, or was it basically greeted with universal praise (which is the impression one gets from online dance music people)? How did Africanists react to it? Thanks in advance.

nomos
01-12-2006, 02:28 PM
I'm not sure about its initial reception or his prominence beforehand. He had been writing for iD, The Wire, and The Face,, and others before the book. The last chapter was published first by CCRU. I've seen criticism of him in Pop Music Studies and CultStud writing over his methodology and playfulness, which completely misses the point since he says up front that his project is to focus on experiential realms that academics and journalists chronically ignore.

tate
01-12-2006, 02:58 PM
I'm not sure about its initial reception or his prominence beforehand. He had been writing for iD, The Wire, and The Face,, and others before the book. The last chapter was published first by CCRU. I've seen criticism of him in Pop Music Studies and CultStud writing over his methodology and playfulness, which completely misses the point since he says up front that his project is to focus on experiential realms that academics and journalists chronically ignore.
Thanks, Paul, perfect, that was exactly what I wanted to know. Of course if any others have additions or insights, it might be nice to hear them . . . he seems to be such a massive presence/influence on electronic music thinkers/writers/fans . . . more historical context is always helpful. :)

jenks
01-12-2006, 07:40 PM
just searched for more brilliant than the sun on amazon as i was thinking of purchasing a second copy... seems its out of print and going for 470 quid used??!!!


play.com claim to have it for £7

http://www.play.com/Books/Books/4-/360039/-/Product.html?searchstring=eshun+brilliant

i looked on abe books and they had one for $330.

how has it happened that such an important text has been allowed to fall out of print?

lazybones
01-12-2006, 08:02 PM
i'm really suprised its going for so much now, surely a reprint is due?? I only got it a year or so ago, so i'm quite pleased to have gotten hold of a copy! Mind , at the time i had no idea who he was , just thought any book pertaining to drexciya would be a good read!

play are out of stock now:slanted:


guess i'll have to take out insurance on mine.


i'd be very curious to read some of the criticism on him, could anyone please post some links???[cheers]


never really found any magazines completely suited to my taste, id can have some good articles but alot of fluff and nonsense too.... not read the face before, http://www.shift4ward.com/images/the_face_cover.jpg is enough to put me off for life though! [ or am i jumping to conclusions? ]

i really feel the wire is lacking something, seems to be concentrating so much much on new/wierd americana/folk and free jazz... which is all well and good but the feature articles have been quite a let down as of late, besides SR's one on hauntology.. and they were so so late on dubstep... . that said every so often a really fantastic piece comes along that restores my faith in the magazine. looking forward to stelfox on southern hip hop!

what was the nature of kodwo's writing for id/the face/wire?? are any articles floating about the net??


sorry for posing so many questions!:confused:

Octopus?
01-12-2006, 11:08 PM
play.com claim to have it for £7

http://www.play.com/Books/Books/4-/360039/-/Product.html?searchstring=eshun+brilliant

i looked on abe books and they had one for $330.

Not to turn this into a price chronicle, but round these parts Amazon Canada has it for $1,258.00!! http://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listing/0704380250/ref=dp_olp_2/701-0527407-2005964

I cannot for the life of me imagine the human being that would spend $1.2K on a paperback book.

jed_
02-12-2006, 09:36 PM
i think ebay is a more realistic barometer here:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=012&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=220053493513&rd=1&rd=1

i doubt any copies have been sold for the price quoted on amazon.

throughsilver
06-12-2006, 06:43 PM
never really found any magazines completely suited to my taste, id can have some good articles but alot of fluff and nonsense too.... not read the face before, http://www.shift4ward.com/images/the_face_cover.jpg is enough to put me off for life though! [ or am i jumping to conclusions? ]

I don't even remember that cover, but late-period Face was weird like that. The Face is a magazine that, while I liked to diss it back in the day ('the day' for me being about 2000), I really do miss it now it's gone.

In its last few years it was pretty much the best Smash Hits possible, and I mean that in a positive way. Very poppy, very about fashion spreads (with some great photography, but I suppose we still have POP), and the very occasional good article. Yeah, I liked it, and that whole 'lifestyle' mag market just isn't the same now. Some would say that's a good thing.

Capper
16-12-2006, 04:51 AM
Not really a proper sighting but I went to this last night (http://southernsteppa.com/) which had a showing of "The Last Angel of History" - which contains several interviews with Mr Eshun and is pretty much an easy-access version of "More Brilliant Than Sun". No mention of Kraftwerk getting buggered by their own bicycles though.

nomos
18-12-2006, 05:22 PM
i got a chance to see it recently too. derrick may sure comes off as a pompous twat in that doesn't he? especially with his comments to gerald at the end, about him selling his soul to a major label or something. i like how they follow his clip with a track from gerald's black secret technology.

Capper
20-12-2006, 11:23 AM
Derrick May does indeed seem to be a bit of a tosser in this - trying way too hard to be cool. But according to Reynolds, he hates acid house, jungle, etc.

Where as Gerald comes across as gentle, vulnerable even.

The thing about that doco is that it's all about music... but there's not that much music in it.

However Mad Mike (assuming it is him) in his ninja gear lurking behind Juan Atkins is bloogy hilarious.

And what did happen to Goldie's career anyways?

stutterer
03-01-2007, 09:34 PM
available outside UK

for europe try
http://stewarthomesociety.org/shsale.htm
contact - mebbe can snd usa/welt

or
try berlin shop
http://pickledfeet.com/shop.php

sh also in our
http://1010.co.uk/xxxxx_publication.html

noel emits
08-01-2007, 03:46 PM
Mad props to my mate Dave for returning my signed copy of More Brilliant after eight years or so. Cheers Dave.

Ach!
09-01-2007, 10:25 AM
I have a question about the chronology of Eshun's work. How influential was he by the time of the publication of More Brilliant Than The Sun? Had he been known since the days of jungle, or before, or was it with this book that he made his mark? When did people first become aware of his writings? Apologies if this is a naive question, it's one that I've never been quite clear on. The book came out in the summer of 1999, correct? Was there any criticism of it, or was it basically greeted with universal praise (which is the impression one gets from online dance music people)? How did Africanists react to it? Thanks in advance.

He also used write for Melody Maker in the mid90s, often in the Orbit dance music section. His jungle 12" reviews, along with Reynolds', were always excellent.

3underscore
17-01-2007, 12:36 PM
This (http://www.tesco.com/books/product.aspx?R=1846310148&in_merch=1&in_merch_title=You+may+also+like&in_merch_name=The+Ghosts+of+Songs) should get you all going, then.

stelfox
17-01-2007, 12:57 PM
i have at least two copies of MBTSS, so anyone who want them. they're yours for a round £800. i like the book, but reckon i could bear to live without it for that much money.

nomos
17-01-2007, 03:04 PM
very generous dave, but it looks like tesco's undercut you by over £790 ;) i guess no one told them it's made of martian gold.

Mr H
17-01-2007, 03:42 PM
This (http://www.tesco.com/books/product.aspx?R=1846310148&in_merch=1&in_merch_title=You+may+also+like&in_merch_name=The+Ghosts+of+Songs) should get you all going, then.

Looking forward to seeing that one in my local Tesco store!

lazybones
23-01-2007, 12:56 AM
but it says 28 days shipping so i reckon youd just get an email saying out of stock...

found my copy again at least!

is that docu available anyplace?

LRJP!
13-05-2007, 09:56 PM
Has anybody seen the exhibition (currently on display in Bristol (http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/exhibition.php?id=28)) or read the accompanying catalogue (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghosts-Songs-Collective-Liverpool-University/dp/1846310148/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3/203-5663823-8035953?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179084215&sr=8-3) (initially flagged up by nomos) then? There's a nice preamble/introduction here (http://www.frieze.com/feature_single.asp?f=1248).

Should we start an Otolith Group thread? I mean, that would appear to be the answer to this thread's initial question... ;)

labrat
01-08-2007, 01:43 PM
hat and beardby Kodwo Eshun (to be published Summer 2007)
The star attraction of the 1967 Legalise Pot Rally was beat patriarch and American sadhu Allen Ginsberg. Astride a stepladder, he is caught on camera delivering his speech to five thousand hippies. Lurking beneath the stepladder, barely visible in the frame, is the pensive face of a man preoccupied with his own thoughts. He, though, is not thinking about legalising marijuana. He is somewhere and someone else entirely: Michael de Freitas, Michael X, Abdul Malik: a figure whose multiple names indicate a predilection for metamorphosis. From this oblique point of departure, Eshun charts an inventory of becomings, a series of moments from an era of embarrassments and enchantments that constituted the dawning of British Black Power. Excavating fragments and poetics from sources that range from Godard’s ‘One Plus One’ to the Congress of the Dialectics of Liberation, from Soft Machine’s ‘Rivmic Melodies’ to the radical newspaper ‘Black Dwarf’, Eshun assembles a constellation of unlikely coincidences, second hand futures and inoperative dystopias that collectively exert a pressure on the certitudes of the present.

Hat and Beard is printed offset in an edition of 1,000 copies.
ISBN 1870699 95 5 — Price TBC
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
pm

john eden
01-08-2007, 01:46 PM
Blimmin' wow!

LRJP!
01-08-2007, 09:42 PM
If you scroll through this (http://www.bookworks.org.uk/asp/2006_BW_Catalogue.pdf) you can get a look at the picture mentioned in that synopsis. Book Works has two dates listed for publication on the main site, both super-vague; - "2007 (http://www.bookworks.org.uk/asp/2006_BW_Pricelist.pdf)"/"2008 (http://www.bookworks.org.uk/asp/forth.asp)" - i assume that the catalogue is the most accurate...?

ether
18-02-2008, 04:15 PM
saw kodwo give a lecture in nottingham last week, as part of a lecture series on slavery,
from what he said he seems to be mostly curating and making films (film essays) these days,
interesting talk, not what i expected at all considering the theme,
talked alot about the similar themes to MBTTS i.e science fiction, afro futurism and rave culture. chose to talk about Drexciya mostly

Drexia biog taken from wikipedia-

Drexciya combined a faceless, underground, anti-mainstream media stance with mythological, sci-fi narratives, to help heighten the dramatic effect of their music. In this respect they were similar to artists within and close to the Detroit collective Underground Resistance.
Their name referred to a myth comparable to Plato's myth of Atlantis, which the group revealed in the sleeve notes to their 1997 album "The Quest". "Drexciya" was an underwater country populated by the unborn children of pregnant African women thrown off of slave ships that had adapted to breathe underwater in their mother's wombs.

mentioned the likes of basic channel and burial along the way.

Mr H
19-05-2008, 01:53 PM
I read Kodwo's review of Paul D. Miller's Sound Unbound (http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=11401) collection in The Wire over the weekend. Looks like they had a disagreement over an interview with William Gibson that Spooky decided not to include. Interestingly, Kodwo criticises it for neglecting theorists of globalisation like Hardt & Negri and Paolo Virno. I wonder if he's turning more Marxist in his old age.

Anyone bought the book yet?

vimothy
19-05-2008, 04:17 PM
Interestingly, Kodwo criticises it for neglecting theorists of globalisation like Hardt & Negri...

:rolleyes:

neupunk
03-09-2008, 10:06 PM
Looks like they had a disagreement over an interview with William Gibson that Spooky decided not to include.


Not only do I wish there was another Gibson interview to read, I would wholeheartedly welcome a Kodwo Eshun / Paul Miller grudge.

optimum
06-10-2008, 07:17 PM
Last seen befriending burial on myspace? (scroll down the comments)

http://www.myspace.com/burialuk

mos dan
07-10-2008, 12:55 AM
yh i noticed that! surprised the hell out of me. presumably kodwo discovered his music via bizarre ;)

optimum
07-10-2008, 12:48 PM
yh i noticed that! Surprised the hell out of me. Presumably kodwo discovered his music via bizarre ;)


:d:d

worrior
08-10-2008, 03:28 PM
Should be speaking here (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/zones_of_conflict/image_wars) on Fri

john eden
09-02-2009, 09:18 PM
some kodwo youtube bits from the audio poverty festival in berlin this weekend are now up:

http://audiopoverty.de/

(Friday he did a talk with kode9, Saturday he was on a panel with rupture and awesometapesfromafrica, which I moderated :cool:)

He is in fine form!

craner
09-02-2009, 09:27 PM
Kodwo is one of the most charming men I've ever met; he has a very infectious laugh, and takes you seriously even when you're talking complete bollocks. I seem to collect quite posh and camp Nigerian Brits: the Eshun bros, the indefatigable Stephen Olowe, some ex-model dude who was at Lincoln's Inn with my ex, the famous Twins of London (anyone else know these boys? They're fairly famous, wander around town with cut-glass accents, dressed identically in Inspector Gadget macs, orange worker's jumpsuits and black wellington boots), and Taiwo, the great conservative heckler at Speaker's Corner who works for the UN and spars with Ladbroke Grove-born Sierra Leone mercenary Ishmael. Olowe says its the Nigerian regal tradition: it engenders a certain affinity with the English aristocracy. I don't know what it is.

It's been a decade since Kodwo's last book. Does he have writer's block?

whatever
09-02-2009, 10:19 PM
It's been a decade since Kodwo's last book. Does he have writer's block?
He probably just re-read More Brilliant Than the Sun and gagged.

A sensible response!

I thought he edited art books now or something.

craner
09-02-2009, 10:25 PM
Back in 1999 I interviewed the lovely folks from Add N To X and mentioned More Brilliant Than the Sun to them and they flipped: "ah, yes, Kojo, he speaks his own language!" I mean, it is dated now, but no reason for him to gag. He single-handedly redeemed George Russell!

whatever
09-02-2009, 10:35 PM
Back in 1999 I interviewed the lovely folks from Add N To X and mentioned More Brilliant Than the Sun to them and they flipped: "ah, yes, Kojo, he speaks his own language!" I mean, it is dated now, but no reason for him to gag. He single-handedly redeemed George Russell!
You're totally right, gag = wrong word. 'embarrassed' maybe ? ... anyway, I really wanted to like that book, I had already fallen in love with it by the time I opened it (bit backwards there), and then upon reading it, I felt ripped off by teh interwebs : are you freaking kidding me? *this* is what the fuss is about??? !!! this is gibberish ! jeeesh . etc .

obv there are a few good ideas there but they could have been explained in fifteen pages and the whole gibberish neologizing sci fi sonic fictions angle is stooooooopid in my opinion and quite obviously a cover for a lack of more substantive ideas or analysis . and painful to read! etc . Not surprised he's a top chap though, seems like an interesting fellow

craner
09-02-2009, 11:02 PM
Wow, that's about as controversial as you can get on Dissensus! I can defend George W. Bush, but even I would blanche at slagging Kodwo here! You've got guts, mate.

whatever
10-02-2009, 04:30 AM
Wow, that's about as controversial as you can get on Dissensus! I can defend George W. Bush, but even I would blanche at slagging Kodwo here! You've got guts, mate.
2 keep faithful 2 yr analogy, BRING IT ON ima ready 4 it :p

No, seriously though, let's pull out some text and talk about MBTTS. I'd be happy to put on my serious hat for a minute and school/be schooled. I'm full of love, promise, though the inverse of love is something like contempt ...

john eden
10-02-2009, 07:26 AM
the main bit I remember from the book is the section where racial perceptions get completely mashed up - "goldie thought doc scott was going to be black, mike banks thought dego was going to be white" etc.

I think that is pretty great. I haven't read it for a while but I remember it making me excited - both about the ideas and the music.

I'm not known for my love of theorising for the sake of it and have been accused of anti-intellectualism, but I think Kodwo is ace.

john eden
10-02-2009, 11:27 AM
He told me off for calling him a "futurologist". :o

:D

zhao
10-02-2009, 02:21 PM
the main bit I remember from the book is the section where racial perceptions get completely mashed up - "goldie thought doc scott was going to be black, mike banks thought dego was going to be white" etc.

i thought Drexia were black. :o

mms
10-02-2009, 03:00 PM
i thought Drexia were black. :o

drexciya are a mutated race.

mike banks isn't in drexciya he's in UR, he's a human.

I thought this book was excellent when i got it, so much fun to read as well if you like reading science fiction, bought some life into people i love, and also the bit which people complain about ' making words up':p are part of the discourse and language of the music anyway, from ur to funkadelic.
can't have another record collectors guide to black music, fuck that.

padraig (u.s.)
10-02-2009, 11:56 PM
He told me off for calling him a "futurologist". :o

fantastic on several levels.

john eden
18-02-2009, 09:46 PM
the panel I did with rupture, kodwo eshun, awesometapesfrom africa can now be downloaded as an mp3:

http://audiopoverty.de/?p=850

pajbre
18-02-2009, 10:36 PM
been making my way through the book he & anjalika sangar did on the black audio film collective... crazy lavish book and the essays & photography are quality.

anyone been able to catch the otolith trilogy?

jonny mugwump
19-02-2009, 12:06 AM
2 Otolith films are being shown at Gasworks (http://www.gasworks.org.uk/) over the next 2 months and K-Punk also has his London under London piece playing on 26th Feb (i think).

john eden
20-02-2009, 03:26 PM
Eshun and Steve Goodman on The Long Tail at Audio Poverty:
http://www.archive.org/details/Goodmaneshun-BeyondTheLongTail

xero
05-03-2009, 11:32 PM
Kodwo was doing an intro talk at a screening of 'Los Angeles Plays Itself' at the Barbican a month or so ago but he didn't make it in time to speak before the film so he spoke at the end. Unfortunately because the film is very long almost everone was leaving the cinema while he started his talk including me.

I think the Eshun's are posh camp Ghanaian rather than Nigerian as someone said upthread

synapticat
30-03-2009, 06:54 PM
Just read Reynolds article on the CCRU in Miller's Sound Unbound.(ed)

http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=11401


Very funny, highly recommended.

john eden
01-05-2009, 08:11 PM
The Best Futurism Money Can’t Buy: Kodwo Eshun and Steve Goodman
http://backyardradio.de/blog/?p=87

Sick Boy
01-05-2009, 08:29 PM
Kodwo Eshun's "More Brilliant Than The Sun" at Amazon.com:


2 new from $200.08 7 used from $50.00

Seriously???

nomos
01-05-2009, 08:38 PM
thanks john!

Ach!
18-05-2009, 02:33 PM
http://www.mediamatic.net/page/45569/en

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mms
20-05-2009, 08:28 PM
he was dancing his ass off at fwd on sunday.

nomos
08-12-2009, 02:01 PM
http://i49.tinypic.com/10ib8d0.jpg (http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/powered-by-kore/sonic-fiction/?page=1218)


Whereas ACOUSTIC REFRACTIONS - the first "Powered by KORE" instrument from Jeremiah Savage - took its inspiration from everyday items and situations, SONIC FICTION uses concepts and scenarios from the world of science fiction as its creative source. Jeremiah's passion for the philosophical hypotheses in the best of sci-fi literature and film translates into 100 evocative, otherworldly and yet always highly-playable instruments, with 800 individual sound variations.


:mad:

john eden
08-12-2009, 02:19 PM
His book on Michael X from bookworks is taking aaaaaaaaaaaaaaages to come out, innit....

dd528
23-02-2010, 11:43 PM
Evening all.

Only just stumbled across these boards today whilst on the lookout for some African house, but I saw this thread and thought I'd better register.

I came across Kodwo Eshun's work fairly recently and managed to scope a few of his articles online. I was interested in checking out More Brilliant Than The Sun, but as Sick Boy points out, second-hand prices are ridiculous at the moment.

Anyway, long story short, after failing to track down a copy in any bookshops I got in touch with Quartet Books who published the 10th Anniversay UK Edition in '98 to see if there was any word on a reissue or anything like that. I got this short-but-sweet email back:


We are hoping to include a new Introduction and are waiting on the author. Hopefully we’ll have a new re-issue date soon.


So, yeah, good news I guess. Also, the book is still in print in German for anyone who speaks that fine language. There's a German digital edition too if I recall, but I don't have the link saved.

Quartet don't have a mailing list, but they have a Twitter (here (http://twitter.com/quartetbooks)) for anyone who's into that.

peace.

Diggedy Derek
04-05-2010, 09:25 AM
blimey, the otilith group have been shortisted for the turner prize! and u thought art was boring.

slim jenkins
04-06-2010, 06:24 PM
I came across Kodwo Eshun's work fairly recently and managed to scope a few of his articles online. I was interested in checking out More Brilliant Than The Sun, but as Sick Boy points out, second-hand prices are ridiculous at the moment.



I know...I sold one...:D

swears
05-06-2010, 12:40 AM
Kodwo Eshun's "More Brilliant Than The Sun" at Amazon.com:



Seriously???

I saw a copy for £30 about 5 years ago and thought... nahhh. :(

Brother Randy Hickey
05-06-2010, 03:07 AM
shit, is it worth money? I'm broke and I don't rate it. Anyone want a copy?

luka
05-06-2010, 09:35 AM
i think its a fun book. a bit silly but thats why its fun. i wish there was more books like it.
he seroiusly lost the plot after that though, trying be an art critic or something, whats all that about?

luka
05-06-2010, 10:15 AM
i guess the kindest thing you could say is that it was a pragmatic careerist choice...
its a shame though, we need more quixotic people.

Brother Randy Hickey
05-06-2010, 12:16 PM
i think - and my blood ran cold when I realised this - that I gave my copy to a charity shop about 2 weeks ago.
(gonna to have to go and buy it back and hope they have NO idea what it's worth)

Brother Randy Hickey
05-06-2010, 01:53 PM
FOUND IT!!

Anyone want to make me an offer? I'm broke so you can aim low :D

Diggedy Derek
08-10-2010, 05:07 PM
Kodwo's Otolith Group (his art vehicle with Anjalika Sagar) has just made a film which is based around Drexicya. It's good, all Drexciyans will like it.

nomos
08-10-2010, 07:52 PM
Do you know the title? I'd like to keep an eye out for that.

Diggedy Derek
11-10-2010, 01:12 PM
It's called Hydra Decapita. It's finished now, but hasn't been shown yet. I imagine it'll be shown at various galleries, hopefully coming to London soon-ish (shame, but no DVD or video release is being planned)

(Self promotion: there's an article about the film + interview with Kodwo and Anjalika in the forthcoming November issue of The Wire)

grave
11-10-2010, 02:43 PM
FOUND IT!!

Anyone want to make me an offer? I'm broke so you can aim low :D

Trying to PM you but for some reason they don't seem to be going through.

If you still have the book, I'll offer you £15 for it.

grizzleb
11-10-2010, 05:13 PM
Amazing news about the drexciya film. It's almost surprising that something like this hasn't been done before, considering the strength of the mythos.

Diggedy Derek
11-10-2010, 05:18 PM
Yeah, it's an absorbing watch for my money. The whole Drexciya thing is so cinematic, you wonder why it's not been broached before.

I should point out that the film is in no sense a documentary or a history of Drexciya. Quite the opposite.

grizzleb
11-10-2010, 05:32 PM
Yeah, it's an absorbing watch for my money. The whole Drexciya thing is so cinematic, you wonder why it's not been broached before.

I should point out that the film is in no sense a documentary or a history of Drexciya. Quite the opposite.That's great great news. A docu would be cool but limited, especially in the context of the potential for messing around with it...Great shit, hope I can get to see it soon.

labrat
18-04-2011, 12:50 PM
in Pseuds Corner in Private Eye (from his review of Raime in the Wire)

mos dan
10-05-2011, 01:10 AM
kodwo came to an event at the really free school a couple of months back organised by a friend of mine which showed a couple of films about the black panthers and 60s black radicalism, which then posed the question of what role black radicalism might play in the current british protests.. race is thus far under-discussed, and it was a really interesting discussion. only about 20 of us there, in this squatted former pub in the west end, but nice to see him there. we talked about grime quite a bit (not all my doing, i should add).

actually this was the event http://bloodbeats.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/what-about-black-radicalism-a-film-screening-and-discussion/ look up 'take this hammer' online, the james baldwin film, it's streaming somewhere i think

Tentative Andy
30-09-2011, 05:46 PM
^ Aware this was covered in the past upthread, but does anyone know a good way currently to get hold of a copy of More Brilliant Than The Sun? Preferably without paying megabucks, though I'm aware this may be overly optimistic.

computer_rock
01-10-2011, 11:31 AM
check your pms TA^

Tentative Andy
01-10-2011, 07:58 PM
^Replying now, many thanks. :)

Tentative Andy
02-11-2011, 05:43 PM
Just bumping to give further thanks to mr Computer Rock. About half-way through the book and basically loving it to bits. The writing style is fairly dense at times - found myself rereading paragraphs multiple times to get the full meaning - but it's already introduced me to loads of amazing music that I might have otherwise overlooked. Plus the opening chapter is just an absolute booming statement that feels more pertinent now than ever. Overall I think this is the breath of fresh air I needed, not just in turning me on to new stuff but in terms of my thinking about music generally, where I'd felt for a while that I was in a dead end. :)

you
02-11-2011, 07:19 PM
shit - I was going to ask ^^^ if anyone has a copy going slightly cheaper than the amazon price please PM me, I could do with this.

labrat
06-02-2012, 05:16 PM
http://vimeo.com/27729955
really great,only just seen it.

craner
21-02-2012, 03:38 PM
Kodwo is in Bombay:

http://www.art-agenda.com/reviews/the-otolith-group%E2%80%99s-westfailure/

I wonder if he bumped into Stelfox.

hopper
02-06-2012, 11:28 PM
does anybody have this as a pdf or anything? really desperate to read it but its so hard to track down

john eden
25-04-2013, 11:18 PM
Old:

http://reynoldsretro.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/kodwo-eshun-more-brilliant-than-sun.html

Just watched Modulations the other night and he is great in that.

New:

http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/dan-graham-1

nomos
26-04-2013, 06:33 PM
We had a week of John Akomfrah/Black Audio Film Collective screenings here last Fall. Really enjoyed chatting with him after Last Angel of History. I asked him about Otolith Group's Drexciya doc and apparently he's got something related in the works.

baboon2004
27-04-2013, 02:36 PM
http://www.autistici.org/2000-maniax/texts/Kodwo-Eshun-More-Brilliant-Than-The-Sun-Adventures-in-Sonic-Fiction.pdf

For anyone who might want it. I'm reading it now, not sure what I think so far

nomos
09-05-2013, 05:29 PM
And another Drexciya flick. No idea who these folks are though.

http://drexciyaresearchlab.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/drexciya-film.html

you
09-05-2013, 09:27 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixL_jmGRDXY

luka
09-05-2013, 10:50 PM
I remember taking the silverlink to camden road to get mine from compendium. i have a lot of time for it. i think its a great book.

baboon2004
10-05-2013, 10:49 AM
Does anyone have a link for the complete Drexciya film?

john eden
01-10-2014, 01:10 PM
http://www.gold.ac.uk/apps/events/image.php?id=7904

john eden
29-04-2015, 01:57 PM
@kodwoeshun

john eden
29-04-2015, 03:06 PM
early adopter.
my girlfriend sold him some shit modern classical records from the goldsmiths collection.

does she make a habit of that sort of thing or was it a one off?

rubberdingyrapids
29-04-2015, 03:20 PM
he does film screenings as part of the otolith group.
been to the ones theyve done at the tate.
i quite like hearing his observations of the films, though they increasingly seem to be too particular and personal to really be of much use when he is interviewing filmmakers. he would be better off just being a panelist - heard him on radio 4 talking about that film the counsellor last year or so and thought he should be doing more things like that (esp as he is good at outdoing other radio 4 panelists' pretentiousness, he sounds like hes swallowed and rejected the last 4 decades of various cultural theories).
he looks a bit uni-professorial these days. a little fusty.
wonder if he still likes modern music.
would love to have read his thoughts on things like grime or footwork.

griftert
29-04-2015, 06:58 PM
Would love to read this guy do some more essays or writings or something, as good as I'm sure the films he's making are I kind of enjoy just reading about art more than I do actually taking it in. He is really great to listen to as well, ridiculously erudite and impassioned. Kind of annoyed that he's a little bit thin on the ground. I would like to see the otolith films but you need to be in London I guess.

rubberdingyrapids
11-02-2016, 05:12 PM
http://www.theshowroom.org/events/continental-afrofutures-lectures-slash-lecture-1-laingian-science-fiction


In a series of six lectures, Kodwo Eshun presents close readings of overlooked Continental Afrofuture fictions. Eshun will argue that works of fiction that have and continue to invent African futures do exist across the African continent despite arguments that Afrofuturisms are diasporic projects produced in places like the UK and USA.

john eden
12-07-2016, 01:56 PM
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1784786721/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_AguExb27T4V04


More Brilliant Than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction Paperback – 18 Oct 2016

by Kodwo Eshun (Author)

rubberdingyrapids
13-07-2016, 12:57 PM
bastards. does this mean i can no longer sell my 2nd hand copy for a 100 on amazon? i was saving that for when i needed a bit of pocket money.

CrowleyHead
13-07-2016, 04:38 PM
bastards. does this mean i can no longer sell my 2nd hand copy for a 100 on amazon? i was saving that for when i needed a bit of pocket money.

Psssh. The PDF is online my man, you lost your money grab years ago. B)

EDIT: Here's a better question, what's new there? Has he done edits, any new chapters? Or are we still pretending DJ Spooky has relevance in 2016?

luka
13-07-2016, 05:39 PM
so proud i never listened to dj spooky

rubberdingyrapids
14-07-2016, 10:22 AM
Psssh. The PDF is online my man, you lost your money grab years ago. B)

EDIT: Here's a better question, what's new there? Has he done edits, any new chapters? Or are we still pretending DJ Spooky has relevance in 2016?

amazon listing says it includes an introduction by Kodwo Eshun as well as texts by filmmaker John Akomfrah and producer Steve Goodman aka kode9.

luka
14-07-2016, 10:25 AM
Saw a good film by akomfrah the other day.

rubberdingyrapids
14-07-2016, 10:55 AM
the triple screen one?

luka
14-07-2016, 12:10 PM
Yeah

nomos
14-07-2016, 02:44 PM
Or are we still pretending DJ Spooky has relevance in 2016?
Spooky's a pretender. Not mentioned once in the book.