Linn are purveyors of fine musical systems for your homestead, they also have a rather wonderful blog; in particular recent post ‘In Defence Of Music’ touches on a few of the themes covered here:
“Think about this, for starters: in less than 15 years, the internet has transformed recorded music from an prized possession into something presumed by a disconcerting number of web denizens to have literally no value.
Or think about the fact that not long ago, even relatively casual music fans listened to their favorite music with the care and attention one gives to something of consequence. Today, songs flood through people’s digital existences at a tempo that debilitates a sense of custody or care.
Or maybe just think about this: when you had to take yourself in the three-dimensional world to a physical retail store, flip through material items to find something of your liking, and pay actual hard currency to take possession of your music item, and when that music item might be one of only two or three you might take possession of in, maybe, a month or two, well then you damn well made sure you sat and listened hard to the thing, and plenty more than once or twice.”
Read the full article here.
As part of my documentary I’ve asked people to describe a memorable listening moment. This clip features Jeff Thompson and James Michie talking through some formative listening experiences.
Here’s a little flavour of the documentary, I recently interviewed Greg Wilson as part of the project. The full interview will be in the finished doc.
An excellent interview with Fort Romeau up on Fact that has lots of parallels with this project. A couple of snippets:
“In contemporary life, our attention is more fractured and intermittent than at any point in human history. If you by any chance you are reading this, it’s probable you have at least 4 other browser windows open, perhaps a beeping Twitter application, two conversations on Facebook, a YouTube video paused and a song playing on Spotify all whilst checking your emails for the second time in as many minutes, to try and avoid whatever it is you are supposed to be doing on Excel/Word/Illustrator, etc”
“We simply do not pay enough attention. The activities which require most mental energy are often rushed or avoided, and our enjoyment and fulfillment consequently suffer. So I propose vinyl listening, not as a replacement, but as a vital supplement to the digital, instant, virtual world. It provides us with a connection to the physical and tangible world that we are rapidly leaving behind”
Sound familiar? read the full article here.
I recently did an interview with Chorus & Echo about this very project, have a read of it here.
The next record in Greg Wilson’s ‘Living To Music’ series is Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’. If you are not familiar with Greg’s series here are the details:
It’s so rare these days that you see a group of people sit quietly in a room and really listen to music. Even if that’s the intention, no sooner has the first track started than two begin talking, or maybe another answers their mobile and is chatting away to someone elsewhere. Even silence is deceptive, as on the scene ‘breaking news’ is conveyed to absent friends via text, twitter or facebook.
These people may think they’re listening, but their ears are passive – they’re hearing but not feeling what they hear. To truly listen is to actively absorb yourself without distraction – to respectfully pay the proper attention that the artist who made that music hoped it would be given.
You can read the full post here. Sunday’s session starts at 9pm (British time). See you there?
The Digital Human is an excellent podcast on BBC Radio 4, it looks at how technology is shaping our lives. Episode seven is particularly interesting as it poses the question ‘Can serendipity be engineered by digital systems?’
Serendipity is a subject that always intrigues me, this episode of the series through up some very interesting parallels with this project. The theory of Dérive is mentioned:
‘In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there. Chance is a less important factor in this activity than one might think: from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones’