Towards the open outcome record
The advent of sound recording in the late nineteenth-century has altered fundamentally how music is made, distributed and experienced. The technology around the record has advanced considerably since then, be it through improvements in sound quality, spatial presentation or listener convenience. The form of the sound-structure contained on the record, however, has seen very little change; it remains a fixed sound-structure encapsulated within a containing physical or virtual format.
Presented here is a body of works that looks toward a next-generation record medium, one which embraces new currents of mobile digital technology and encompasses a change in how sonic content is presented to the listener: instead of containing a single predetermined and fixed sound-structure, this medium would have the capacity to vary the sound-structures it outputs, thereby offering new listening experiences on each playback. If developed correctly, this medium, which I call the open outcome record, might put into place the conditions necessary for a revolution in the creation and experiencing of recorded music.