Exciting news! The Internet Slowdown net neutrality protest planned for September 10th is really taking off. This morning, a dozen of the world’s largest websites announced that they’re joining in a big way. Sites you know and love like Etsy, Kickstarter, Wordpress, Vimeo,…
There’s always been this cagey group of old men who are scared to death of people taking their money. Back in the day, they were upset that the technology existed to record onto cassette tapes directly from the radio. “What! (Harumph!) Why will people buy music if they can just pull it out of the air?!” Yet, people still bought music. Because it was more accessible. Because more people were exposed. Because Mikey played it for Joey on the corner and then Joey had to have it. It’s music, and we buy what we love. We can’t love music we haven’t heard.
It’s unlikely that improvisation, or collaboration, or composition as we know them in all their spasmodic and messy glory are going anywhere soon. But the ceaseless drive to partition, modularise and automate music making – under the guise of profit and efficiency – destroys its basis in lived, shared experience that makes music fundamentally human.
… the minds of men and women are affected by the social impact of technical inventions […] the souls of people are moved by communication systems — unconsciously in the technical sense. […] Film, like any other art form, is not an expression of man “but a form which creates” emotions and creates experiences “out of the very nature of the instrument.”
Amon Tobin interview. Seems like best advice to aspiring producers. Indeed.
"If you want to do something you really care about and you really do believe in, then my advice would be: just don’t listen to any advice, really. Just do exactly what you want to do and keep doing it despite what everybody tells you. And it might be successful or it might not, but at least you’ve done something you’re proud of."
Listen/purchase: Technoburlesque: Image Snatchers EP by Nova deViator
Code allows me to see the things I imagine.
so refreshing to hear some hiphop without the garbage of recent trends. just quality. and the music video - again, simple yet so effective with minimal means..
Sims: Burn It Down
“Before we achieve immortality,” he said, “we must evolve first. The heart is not good.”
I assumed that he was making a biological argument — that the organ is not biologically capable of infinite life, that we needed to design new, artificial hearts for longer, artificial lives. But then I realized that he wasn’t speaking literally. By heart, he meant the human spirit.
“Human beings must learn to love nature,” he said. “Today the countryside is obsolete. In Japan, it has disappeared. Big metropolitan places have appeared everywhere. We are in the garbage. If this continues, nature will die.”
Man, he explained, is intelligent enough to achieve biological immortality. But we don’t deserve it. This sentiment surprised me coming from a man who has dedicated his life to pursuing immortality.
“Self-control is very difficult for humans,” he continued. “In order to solve this problem, spiritual change is needed.”
“We must love plants — without plants we cannot live. We must love bacteria — without decomposition our bodies can’t go back to the earth. If everyone learns to love living organisms, there will be no crime. No murder. No suicide. Spiritual change is needed. And the most simple way to achieve this is through song.
“Biology is specialized,” he said, bringing his palms within inches of each other. “But songs?”
He spread his hands far apart, as if to indicate the size of the world.
Almost unlimited capacity does little but devalue the already undervalued realm of recorded music, and the mighty cassette tape does nothing but cherish every second of it. We definitely don’t need this new mega tape, and it’s a pleasant reminder as to precisely why the classic cassette’s made any kind of return. It empowers the musician. It empowers the listener. It empowers the music.