Crises of Meaning in Communities of Creative Appropriation – The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, Chapter 30

February 28, 2017

The [not-entirely un-ironic] copyright restrictions have expired for the chapter I contributed to The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, published in December, 2014 have lapsed, so I’m now allowed to publicly post this piece.   The festival is currently on indefinite hiatus, and will hopefully return before too long. Huge thanks to the book’s superlative editor, … Read More

The new black box has global reach

December 30, 2013

The following article was originally published in the East Villager News, November 12 2014. BY TOM TENNEY | In 1961, Ellen Stewart revolutionized the New York performance scene when she opened Café La MaMa in the basement of an East Ninth Street tenement. The African-American fashion designer-cum-impresario imagined the new space as an alternative to … Read More

Brick Up Your Ears

July 6, 2013

The following article originally appeared in The Villager on June 6, 2013 The Brick Theater produces a lot of festivals – it’s kind of their thing.  But festivals at the Williamsburg experimental venue aren’t your garden-variety observance of artist or genre; they’ve become the theatre’s way of exploring aesthetic and cultural intersections.  Sure, some of the dozens … Read More

Rhyme Machine

June 9, 2013

The following article originally appeared in The Villager on May 9, 2013 BY TOM TENNEY | In a 1913 letter to the composer Francesco Balilla Pratella, Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo declared, “The variety of noises is infinite…today we have perhaps a thousand different machines, and can distinguish a thousand different noises, tomorrow, as new machines multiply, we … Read More