This collection features manifestos that account for digital innovation in music as well as the politics of producing music mediated by digital technologies. Manifestos in this category also address equally important concerns for piracy and remuneration for artistic products.


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Items in Collection

Name Description Tags

The Monstercat Manifesto, 2014

The authors of "The Monstercat Manifesto" advocate for an open access and user-based economy of music.

A Manifesto for Music Technologists, by Nancy Baym, 2014

In her "A Manifesto for Music Technologists," Nancy Baym argues that music technologies can function as means of world-building. Her manifesto is thus a point of connection, allowing like-minded music technologists to connect and produce better worlds.

RiP: A Remix Manifesto, by Brett Gaylor, 2008

"Rip: A Remix Manifesto" is an open source documentary on issues of copyright. The documentary was written and directed by Brett Gaylor. Creative Commons, Copyright, Copyleft

EDM Culture: An Incomplete Manifesto For The Modern DJ, by Chris Alker, 2013

In his "EDM Culture: An Incomplete Manifesto For The Modern DJ," Chris Alker offers 30 propositions for the production and performance of electronic dance music. Electronic Dance Music

The Priceless Music Project Manifesto, 2014

"The Priceless Music Project Manifesto" offers a brief history of the technologies that preserve music and their coincident privatization. The authors of this manifesto ultimately outline five principles of music preservation and dissemination, arguing that music should be easy to access and that its price should be determined by the user. Digital Music

Towards a New Classical Music Culture, by eidelyn, 2011

"Towards a New Classical Music Culture" is a manifesto that addresses the politics surrounding the contemporary 'crisis' in classical music. As a whole, the manifesto is a reformist document that emphasizes new electronic approaches to the creation of classical music. Electronic Music, Classical Music

A Manifesto For The Original Art Form Of Electronic Dance Music Production, by A Guy Called Gerald, 2012

The author of "A Manifesto For The Original Art Form Of Electronic Dance Music Production" develops the concept of the 'True School,' an ethics for electronic music creation. In line with other manifestos concerned with the future of music, "A Manifesto For The Original Art Form Of Electronic Dance Music Production" advocates for a collaborative approach to music production. Electronic Music

A New Manifesto for New Music, by Adam Harper, 2013

In his "A New Manifesto for New Music," Adam Harper argues for the reinvention of music in the face of the 'illusion of completeness.' By claiming that 'the ask of music is never completed or made permanent,' Harper ultimately theorizes noise and creative destruction as possible future horizons of musical creation. Creative Destruction, Music

Excerpts from the Shit-Fi Manifesto, by Stuart Schrader

The "Shit-Fi Manifesto" explores the political economy of 'bad music.' The term 'shit-fi' refers to music that is either too bizarre or too poorly crafted to conform to typical standards for good and beautiful music. Digital Music, Shit-fi

The Postdigital Manifesto, by Rasmus Fleischer, 2009

"The Postdigital Manifesto" is a collection of propositions that theorize the 'abundance of music.' The manifesto focuses on music's common circulation among listeners and producers. Musical Abundance, Postdigital

Independent Music Manifesto, by Steve Lawson, 2009

In his "Independent Music Manifesto," Steve Lawson argues that as the future of music becomes more digitized, the cost of producing music should drop. With piracy in mind, Lawson is intent on preserving an artist's right to remuneration for their artwork in the midst of changing digital landscapes. Piracy, Independent Music

The Future of Music Manifesto, by The Future of Music Coalition, 2000

The authors of "The Future of Music Manifesto" attempt to preserve artists' rights and profit interests in the face of new digital technologies. Piracy, Profit

Manifesto for Electronic Music, by Rafael Toral, 2012

In his "Manifesto for Electronic Music," Rafael Toral argues for electronic music's cultural emancipation, characterized by "the appreciation of a genre by its formal, aesthetic and spiritual characteristics, regardless of the type of instrumental resources used." Cultural Emancipation, Electronic Music

Manifesto for Futurist Musicians, by Balilla Pratella

In her "Manifesto for Futurist Musicians," Balilla Pratella argues that mediocrity and ignorance dominate musical production and composition. Pratella's claim to Futurism, then, is a call for musical experimentation, communal production, and the rejection of history. Digital Music

A Manifesto for Music Technologies, 2014

The authors of "A Manifesto for Music Technologies" frame music as a means of world-making. They argue that new music technologies should be open and available to the largest possible audience. They also refuse the monopolization of new music technologies by large corporations. Open Access, Digital Music