DJ Spooky has had one foot in music and another in academia over the years and the release earlier this year of his new book "Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture" is no exception. The "literary mixtape" is a collection of "reports from the front lines on the role of sound and digital media in an information-based society." Tasking authors, musicians, designers, curators and other creative types with describing their process, 36 first person accounts touch on a number of contemporary and esoteric topics, from science fiction writer Bruce Sterling's take on dead media to musician Brian Eno's study of bells. Accompanied by a mix CD of avant-garde music that includes writers, artists and musicians such as Nam Jun Paik, Allen Ginsberg, Iggy Pop, Gertrude Stein, Aphex Twin and Sonic Youth, it's a must for anyone interested in the ways technology influences culture.
For those in NYC next Thursday, 21 August 2008, you can catch DJ Spooky in conversation with author of the book's forward and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow. There's also an afterparty and both events benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense fund. Buy tickets ($20) from the CBLDF, see details below and the flyer after the jump.