Archive for 2007-04

Travel Sounds – 3

02007-04-27 @ 17:04

Travel Sounds – 2

02007-04-27 @ 17:04


Travel Sounds – 1

02007-04-15 @ 22:04

Train crosses bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke) in Cologne on Monday morning at 5AM, while bird sings.

11 Years Ago

02007-04-14 @ 06:04

Ron + i played 3 songs @ a Borders store in Atlanta 2day… wonderful audience

of a couple hundred people… i found a book a the store called ‘The Third Eye’ that sheds more light on the visual society….

‘There r 3 times as many nerve connections between the ear + the brain as between the eye + the brain.’ in other words our ears r FAR MORE accurate than our eyes…

in another section of the book the author quotes a psychologist who worked w the deaf as well as w the blind as noting that the athmosphere among the deaf was much harsher w more fighting + looks that could kill whereas the blind were more concerned w each other, more helpful + assured…

elsewhere he describes research by a group of psychiatrists that showed that violence + other crime was much lower in a certain town in the Rock Mountains that had radio, but because of the surrounding mountains could not receive any TV, compared to towns of similar size and location that had TV…

now if we think about this in4mation we can figure out how the world has changed + how it has arrived @ this present day violence… y families, groups, societies r so fractured…

i propose that there might be a direct relationship between TV and the increase of violence, NOT because of content but because of the MEDIUM itself, which invites absolute passivity…

there certainly is a relationship between TV and ADD (Attention Deficiency Disorder) in children…

listening brings the world in2 us whereas seeing places us in the world… SEE + go outside/outward or LISTEN + go inside/inward…

the gr8 mystics heard voices, they didn’t read cue cards or teleprompters…

Analyzing Tempo

02007-04-13 @ 04:04

An Eroica Project
Found on Memepool

Auckland Organ

02007-04-13 @ 00:04

Townhall Auckland - 13
I am the Chairman of the Auckland Town Hall Organ Trust. I noticed your excellent photos recently. At present we are raising money to rebuild the organ. The contract has been awarded to Klais Orgelbau of Bonn in Germany. We are preparing some fund-raising collateral including some pictures of the organ from various sources and were wondering whether you would agree to us using some of your photos.

But of course. It’s nice to know that the wonderful instrument is well taken care of! The website address for the renovation will be It is not up yet – check in a few weeks.

Trains and Film

02007-04-13 @ 00:04

from LR:
What an idea: a documentary movie based on OL & Luna riding the train from Boston, stopping here and there, playing impromptu gigs at stops along the way… down into Mexico… Central America… Panama… all the way down to Chile… into Argentine. Written by LR, shot by Stevo. Cinema verite.

Great idea! First thing we’ll do after Oprah becomes a fan of the ListeningLounge and we sell a million downloads…

RIP Kurt Vonnegut

02007-04-13 @ 00:04

Listen: Kurt Vonnegut is Unstuck in Time
When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
‘It is done.’
People did not like it here.”
(Via Gizmodo)

The Prophet

02007-04-10 @ 21:04

Text impulse leads to marriage |
A BRITISH man has met and married a 22-year-old woman after, by his own account, dreaming of her phone number and then sending her a text message.

Why ListeningLounge

02007-04-10 @ 17:04

We added a new page to the ListeningLounge, which one can access from the link underneath the Welcome. It describes SSRI and the advantages of the LL.

meta-bio: the Messenger

02007-04-10 @ 10:04

Culture Court Ottmar Liebert meta-bio: the Messenger
Lawrence Russell calls it a meta-bio. Much of it is true, some of it he made up – and I encouraged him to do that. Which parts of the meta-bio are factual? Take your pick. Does it matter? I always think the music is what matters, but if you want a story to accompany the music, this is as good a story as I have read. But then, I am a fan of Lawrence’s writing.

Pearls Before Breakfast

02007-04-09 @ 16:04

Pearls Before Breakfast –
No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made. His performance was arranged by The Washington Post as an experiment in context, perception and priorities — as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?

Thanks for the link Laurie. The above article adds another angle to my last post and Will’s comment. We don’t hear greatness before us – we hear it only when it is pimped and advertised and presented on a fine stage. We are overloaded with music – don’t you HATE music playing at the gas-pump? Music is everywhere, music is cheap. If you don’t think current music is very good I can only say this to you: stop and listen to the street musician and give him or her a couple of bucks. That is the real building block of music and culture.

Music – then and now

02007-04-09 @ 10:04

Will comments:
I may be in the minority on this, but I haven’t heard a decent album since 1995-96. There might be a handful of bands/acts out there that produce an album that I can listen to end to end, but that is a rare breed. The Recording Industry shifted focus from making great music to making money. I don’t know when this happened or if it has been happening all along, but I do know 90% of the music produced today is garbage.

If you look through my CD cases the albums are 95% 1960-1995 and 5% 1995 to present. Look through your music collection and see if you find a void as well. I do not know the answer to this conundrum, but we may be living in a musical void in time.

So do I think it is the Recording Industry, yes. Is it because of downloads, partially. Is it because there is only one good song on an album these days, YES.

The music industry has changed a lot since the mid-nineties, that is true. Studios are dying, because people record on computers in their bedroom. Record companies no longer groom an act over years. Hell, most of the MTV stars have never stood on the stage of a small club. Music is a business now, in ways that we would have never imagined 20 years ago. I recently read an interesting article (in the NYT?) about Ahmed Ertegun and Atlantic Records and how the money was always less important than the music in those days… Well, the major record companies became large corporations in the nineties, with lots of shareholders that were clueless about music. Many cooks spoil the music. Many cooks means nobody is responsible.

More importantly, the medium through which we used to find out about music has changed even more: radio.
I completely disagree with Will’s statement that he hasn’t heard a decent album since 1995-96. Whenever a person makes a general statement like that I hear:
– I am stuck in a different era. I don’t like the present. Music/Art/Culture is a direct result of its time.
– I am stuck on a certain sound because that sound resonates with my personality. Could be what the musicians were expressing then, the lyrics of the song, the music itself, or could be something as simple as liking the old analog sound.
– I can’t find new music I might like, because there is so much music being produced and the old scouts are no longer around – the DJ who played wonderful new stuff on the radio, the record-store employee who always knew about a new band that had a great album.

There is great music being made now, but it may be harder to find the gems among the thousands of releases every week. With that onslaught of music we need excellent curators, who can point us to the good stuff. Somebody willing to listen to hundreds or thousands of releases and able to organize them into piles. You might like this and you might likes that. So far all software curators, and there are many out there, suck. I don’t think I have ever bought one of those suggestions!

Yes, it is true, the major labels have concentrated on pop and money, but that in turn gave rise to many new indie labels who putting out excellent music. Yes, radio has gone the way of the dinosaur, but there are many interesting internet-radio stations! There are new ways of finding out about music via the internet. If you care to look. Music is generally most important to people when they are between 13 and 28 years old (just guessing) – that’s when we look most actively for music/art we can identify with. I bet that many 18 year olds could play us music from their computer or iPod that we have never ever heard.

People over 28 years old are generally so consumed by their life, their job, career and family, that they will stick to the music they discovered before. For many, listening to the Beatles (or the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin or Zappa) is like remembering grandma’s apple pie.
I suggest, Will, that you haven’t looked and are not interested. There is nothing wrong with that. I understand that position. But I cannot agree with a statement such as this one:

I haven’t heard a decent album since 1995-96.

I could give you a long list of great records from the last 11 years.

Older posts regarding the curator: this one from 1999, and this one from 2004.

PS: …after a nice lunch at Kasasoba and more thinking on the subject I have to thank Will for making the comment. Our music-culture is changing rapidly and we all need to reflect on how it was, how it is, and how we want it to be. In fact, the subject deserves discussion.

Turkey in Cinemascope

02007-04-08 @ 17:04

The official website of Nuri Bilge Ceylan photography
Great images.

0 to 60 MPH in Under 1.5 Seconds

02007-04-07 @ 15:04

0 to 60 MPH in Under 1.5 Seconds, Electric KillaCycle Sets New World Speed Record : MetaEfficient
The KillaCycle, the world’s electric motorcycle, and the official world record holder in the ¼ mile drag, broke the world record again using its lithium-ion batteries. The official record for any electric vehicle worldwide in the ¼ mile is set now at an elapsed time of 8.16 seconds. Weighing just over 165 pounds, the A123Systems battery pack delivers over 350 horse power to the motorcycle drivetrain and holds 7.5 kWh of energy. The KillaCycle set the record at the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) event at the Firebird Speedway in Chandler, Arizona on March 31, 2007.

For Stefan.
Would love to hear what it sounds like. I assume one hears mostly squealing tires?

Saturday 07. April

02007-04-07 @ 10:04

We had some warm Spring days and I was planning on biking across town to have lunch with Barrett today, but it was cold when I got up this morning and now it is snowing…

Repurposed CD Spindle

02007-04-07 @ 08:04

» Repurposed CD Spindle: Bagel Transport – Healthbolt
I hate packing my lunch for work. It’s much easier to just go out and get something, but that really limits your options when it comes to eating something that’s good for you. Well, this repurposed CD spindle may be cool enough of an idea to turn it all around for me.

Spinning Into Oblivion

02007-04-07 @ 08:04

Spinning Into Oblivion – New York Times
The sad thing is that CDs and downloads could have coexisted peacefully and profitably. The current state of affairs is largely the result of shortsightedness and boneheadedness by the major record labels and the Recording Industry Association of America, who managed to achieve the opposite of everything they wanted in trying to keep the music business prospering. The association is like a gardener who tried to rid his lawn of weeds and wound up killing the trees instead.

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Climate Change Risk

02007-04-07 @ 07:04

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Billions face climate change risk
Billions of people face shortages of food and water and increased risk of flooding, experts at a major climate change conference have warned.
(Via BBC News)

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Climate Change 2007: Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (PDF)

That makes me think this: Water – the new oil! Coca Cola and Nestle – the new Exxon and Shell…
How will that sound 10 years from now.

Housekeeping: List of Feeds available

02007-04-06 @ 16:04

Here is a list of my RSS feeds.

Diary Comments
Diary via Feedburner – this used to be the old blog‘s RSS feed which now points to the new Diary.
SSRI Radio/ListeningLounge Podcasts
Tour Schedule
Flickr Photos
Ma.gnolia Bookmarks


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