Rib is pleased to present BRUD’s third episode of Radio JUJU: Andante, featuring philosopher, theorist and writer Inigo Wilkins. While Sharma focused on Collective Listening in our previous event Moderato, Wilkins will speak on Psychedelic Listening: A Synthetic Philosophy of Contemporary Audition.
“Psychedelic Listening” refers to the self-realization of auditory cognition: making the operations of listening manifest and open to transformation. This is as much about the artifactual elaboration of sound technologies as it is the social-interactive elaboration of auditory meaning.
We will see how contemporary accounts of auditory perception draw on recent work in machine learning to describe conscious experience as an online hallucination or generative model supported by processes of analysis and synthesis within a hierarchically nested structure of Bayesian induction, and then describe how the properly trans-umweltic and horotic character of human auditory synthesis is way weirder than the surprisal minimising dynamics of predictive processing or the apophenic deep dreams of AI.
by Inigo Wilkins
Inigo Wilkins (UK, 1981) took his masters in Sonic Culture at the University of East London, and completed his PhD in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016. The title of his thesis was Irreversible Noise: The Rationalization of Randomness and the Fetishization of Indeterminacy, which he is now working on for a forthcoming publication by Urbanomic. He is a co-director of Glass Bead.