A Manifesto of Nodalism

Monty Adkins



This paper proposes the notion of Nodalism as a means describing contemporary culture and of understanding my own creative practice in electronic music composition. It draws on theories and ideas from Kirby, Bauman, Bourriaud, Deleuze, Guatarri, and Gochenour, to demonstrate how networks of ideas or connectionist neural models of cognitive behaviour can be used to contextualize, understand and become a creative tool for the creation of contemporary electronic music.


Electronic music; Manifesto; Meme, Network, Node, Rhizome.

Full Text:



Augé, M. (1995). Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity. London and New York: Verso.

Bauman, N. (2000). Liquid Modernity. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Bourriaud, N. (2009). Altermodern. London: Tate Publishing.

Blackmore, S. (1999). The Meme Machine. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bolognini, M. (2008). Art and Globalization. Postdigitale (pp. 113-119). Roma: Carocci.

Born, G. (2010). Listening, Mediation, Event: Anthropological and Sociological Perspectives. Journal of the Royal Musical Association 135(1), 79–89. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02690400903414855

Cascone, K. (2005). Flocking and the Emergence of Genre in Post-Digital Music. Retrieved January 15, 2014, from http://www.zemos98.org/festivales/zemos987/pack/pdf/kimcasconeeng.pdf

Dawkins, R. (1976). The Selfish Gene. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Deleuze, G., & Guattari, F. (1987). A Thousand Plateaus. London and New York: Continuum Publishing.

Dennett, D. (1993). Consciousness Explained. London: Penguin Books.

Edelman, G. (1987). Neural Darwinism. The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection. New York: Basic Books.

Foucault, M. (1982). The Archaeology of Knowledge and the Discourse on Language. New York: Vintage.

Gochenour, P. (2011). Nodalism. Digital Humanities, Quarterly, Vol. 5(3), Retrieved January 16, 2014, from http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/5/3/000105/000105.html

Hebb, D. (1949) The Organization of Behavior. Retrieved April 7, 2014 http://ebookbrowsee.net/the-organization-of-behavior-donald-o-hebb-pdf-d184194030

Horgan, J. (1994). Neural Eavesdropping. Scientific American (May) 270(5), 16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/scientificamerican0594-16

Jan, S. (2007). The Memetics of Music: A Neo-Darwinian View of Musical Structure and Culture. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Kebede, A. (2002). John Rawls and Jean-François Lyotard on Pluralism: Themes of Convergence and Divergence. Department of Sociology, University of Kansas. Retrieved April 6, 2014, from http://hdl.handle.net/1808/5196

Kirby, A. (2013). The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond. Philosophy Now, Issue 58. Retrieved January 14, 2014, from http://philosophynow.org/issues/58/The_Death_of_Postmodernism_And_Beyond

Kirby, A. (2009). Digimodernism: How New Technologies Dismantle the Postmodern and Reconfigure Our Culture. London & New York: Continuum.

Lyotard, J-F. (1984). The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Mandalios, J. (2010). Beyond Evolution and Historicism: Cultural Forms of Modernity. Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, e-book. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris: EOLSS. Retrieved September 25, 2014, from http://www.eolss.net/sample-chapters/c04/e6-99a-23.pdf

Manovich, L. (2001). The Language of New Media. MIT Press.

Molino, J. (1990). Musical Fact and the Semiology of Music. Trans. J. A. Underwood. Music Analysis (9): 133-156.

Nattiez, J-J. (1990). Music and Discourse: Towards a Semiology of Music. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Reynolds, C. (1987). Flocks, Herds, and Schools: A Distributed Behavioral Model. Computer Graphics, 21(4) (SIGGRAPH '87 Conference Proceedings) pp. 25-34. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/37402.37406

Service, T. (2012). A guide to Bernd Alois Zimmermann's music. Retrieved January 12, 2014, from OnClassicalBlog. http://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2012/jun/26/bernd-alois-zimmermann-guide

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7559/citarj.v6i1.128

Cited by


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts
Revista de Ciência e Tecnologia das Artes
ISSN: 1646-9798
e-ISSN: 2183-0088
Portuguese Catholic University | Porto


Esta revista científica é financiada por Fundos Nacionais através da FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

 Governo da República Portuguesa