Playing with Something That Runs
Technology, Improvisation, and Composition in DJ and Laptop Performance
Mark J. Butler
Reviews and Awards
"Playing with Something That Runs is an immaculate piece of popular musicology, with the potential to become one the cornerstone texts in our discipline. Its interdisciplinary approach provides an incredibly compelling insight into the performance and consumption of live EDM, and the companion website offers a great tool in bringing the discussions of recordings and performances to life through carefully curated audio and video examples." -- Toby Young , Dancecult.net
"These reflections do not fail to pose many difficulties to the musical theory: where does the identity of the work lie? Is there a hierarchy between different "versions" of the same "composition"? Why are some compositions not intended to be listened to publicly but only to provide the raw material of improvisation?...What is the relationship between human and technology? In asking these questions, Mark Butler invites us to go beyond many of the common places of musicology that have been settled since the nineteenth century as the objections between product and process, work and performance, composition and improvisation - and many othersâIt shows us that popular electronic music is the current place for an intense widening of the spectrum of possible on the future of musical creation, both in the field of avant-garde and mainstream music." -- Emmanuel Parent, L'Université Rennes 2, Volume!
Winner of the 2015 PMIG Outstanding Publication Award from the Society of Music Theory