Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ as artifact

From Retronaut, a great image of a 3.5″ floppy disk delivering “OK Computer” as an .exe file. It’s not entirely clear whether this is the album or a screensaver, or both. Regardless, “OK Computer” definitely seems more native to floppy disk than vinyl.

Other albums in this category:

  1. Kraftwerk’s “Computer World”
  2. Brian Eno’s “Nerve Net”
  3. Pretty much everything else Kraftwerk did.

Radiohead’s rhizomatics

Four years late, I stumble across this great bit of conspiracy theory from Puddlegum about Radiohead’s supposed “01 and 10” album concept. Essentially, the theory is that Radiohead intended their 2007 album “In Rainbows” to complement their legendary 1997 album “OK Computer.” By folding the two albums together digitally, you end up with a new album (really a playlist) where each song perfectly fits together.
Rhizomatics, a la Deleuze and Guattari, as a folding of text, fascicular rather than rooted.

In this supplementary dimension of folding, unity continues its spiritual labor. That is why the most resolutely fragmented work can also be presented as the Total Work or Magnum Opus.