Francis Bacon

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PublisherRepeater Books2020
In the early seventeenth century, at the very end of his life, the English statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon wrote a utopian fable called New Atlantis, containing an uncanny presentiment of twentieth-century electronic music. Now, four hundred years ago, music writer Robert Barry digs into the significance of that tale for the history of music, media, science and the senses. New Atlantis marked a significant turning point in the history of utopian literature — not to mention the pre-history of science fiction, and even modern science itself. At the heart of the island paradise stumbled upon by Bacon’s stranded sailors is ...

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