a solid article at rollingstone.com, “the death of high fidelity” by robert levine, provides an introduction to deteriorating sound quality in music production. this essay offers insight into current listener habits and attitudes, and strikes me as a not-so-distant relative to r. murray schafer’s comprehensive book soundscape: our sonic environment and the tuning of the world.
Archive for December, 2007
jonathan lethem’s fine article in harpers (“the ecstacy of influence: a plagiarism,” february 2007) is worth a read. incorporating phrases such as ‘usemonopoly’ and ‘imperial plagiarism,’ lethem careens through theories and practices of appropriation.
how’s this for a lovely, insightful holiday gift? sina queyras interviewed stuart ross!
Recently dubbed the nature photographer of the year, Josef Hoflehner photographs remote locales worldwide. His site includes a series of snaps from Iceland taken between 2005 and 2007 — of black-sand beaches and cliffs of insanity, waterfalls and fjords, ice and grass. This Gullfoss photo is breathtaking (and gasping increases with first-hand memory of the dangerous outcrop on which he must’ve stood to snap the shot).
“singing is just like speaking except louder and longer and you move your voice up and down.”will ferrell, elf
ALL SHADES OF YESNESS! Reykjavík! has been booked for Canadian Music Week.