Ian Brown


“Songs form inside the machine”








The piece plays out the need to anthropomorphise elements of our non-human everyday lives. However much technology advances around us the everyday usage of these technologies is still riddled with problems. The potential application of these tools is often at odds with how we actually use them.

When faced with the disconcerting fact that as an individual we can’t quite cope with the progression we have accessed, we often form our own narratives on how to deal with the frustration or disappointment. We may enter into nostalgia or sentimentality to re-establish a link with the familiar, to try to allow us to address the dilemma. Within this sentimental humanisation of the computer, as domestic technology, there are truths that we may not want to accept.

The duet here is in one sense collaborative and the other disillusioned.