Modern Business Machines by Davis Schneiderman and Don Meyer


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MODERN BUSINESS MACHINES is a collage video from The Muttering Sickness collective, scored for four different-but-interrelated audio-video experiences. Taking as its starting point the Afrofuturist aesthetic of the character of J., from Regina Taylor’s stop, reset, the four audio tracks of MODERN BUSINESS MACHINES explore aural space, new media, and dj culture within the embedded discourses of print technology, Sun Ra, and the remix of its objects.


The Muttering Sickness is an audio art collective facilitated by Davis Schneiderman and Don Meyer. The Muttering Sickness records, manipulates, and derealizes. We receive messages from the manifold channels of a world washed in the sounds of its own irony, and we play the results back through the mechanism of the electronic revolution.

The Muttering Sickness has performed at the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Third Annual European Beat Studies Network conference in Tangier.  Recent works include The Last Days of Radio album (Fast Speaking Music).


About The Muttering Sickness:

Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia writer and scholar whose works include the novel Drain (TriQuarterly/Northwestern); the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy (Jaded Ibis), including the blank novel, Blank: a novel, with audio from Dj Spooky; [SIC] (2013), with an introduction from Oulipo member Daniel Levin Becker; and INK. (forthcoming). Schneiderman’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International,, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, and Exquisite Corpse; he blogs for The Huffington Post and is Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Center for Chicago Programs at Lake Forest College. He also Directs Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books.

Composer and musicologist Don Meyer has written original scores for a number of independent films, including Melting Pot (2013), Turkish Coffee (2010), A Better Life (2009), and a new film score for Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1927), written in collaboration with two other composers (2007). In addition, he has composed incidental music and sound collages for plays, online literary journals, dance troupes, choirs, chamber music ensembles, and television commercials. As a musicologist, his current interest is music in film, particularly the film scores of Elmer Bernstein. He is Professor of Music at Lake Forest College.


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