Urban folks

aka Har$
5 min readNov 7, 2021

Freely improvised and non-academic electroacoustic music {as}[by] urban folk[s] ~ part 1

from: Emergence at the frontiers and in fringes & trenches of contemporary music

Attempts at a rigorous and all-embracing definition of TKOMTIUH (an acronym that — hattip to TAFKAP — makes a wink at mid-1990s pop music history, standing as it does for ‘The Kind Of Music That Interests Us Here’) cannot but fail. The field is large, intricately entangled and continuously evolving. There are a certain number of (relatively) stable and evidently central musical and performative elements. And there is the rôle played by the technology. But we should also include the myriads of social angles as well as the important economical hooks. And a great many of them planes, are they not eagerly twisting and contorting, attempting to turn up their political side?

It thus almost goes without saying that any succinct circumscription less than a full, detailed, multifaceted, historical and dialectic exposition, will easily be pierced by readily found exceptions; and exceptions to exceptions, and so on.It is why here we propose historical fiction as an imaginary starting point. So, for argument’s sake, we postulate that all began at the Scope…

…a bar out on the way to L.A., near the Yoyodyne plant. […]

The green neon sign outside ingeniously depicted the face of an oscilloscope tube, over which flowed an ever-changing dance of Lissajous figures. […]
A sudden



aka Har$

is Harold Schellinx, a writer, artist, scientist living, working & roaming Amsterdam & elsewhere (harsmedia.com).