Om Dr. Stuart Ressler, da han første gang, i 1957, hører en innspilling av Goldbergvariasjonene i en da to år gammel innspilling med en viss canadisk pianist.

“How can haphazard nubbiness of grooves pressed into synthetic polymer, read and converted into equivalent electric current, passed through an electromagnet that isomorphically excites speaker paper, sucking it back and forth in a pulsing wave that sets up a sympathetic vibration in thin, skin membrane tickling electrical nerve-bursts simulate not only all the instruments of the orchestra but this cerebrally self-invested device, the hammer-struck, vibrating string?”

(Richard Powers, The Gold Bug Variations [1991])


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