Wednesday morning I got up at 06:00 to take care of Bella who had surgery on Tuesday. The old girl is doing well, but looks a little bit like Frankenstein’s bride. Her back is shaved and features a long sewn-up scar.
Then I rode the Mariachi Bullitt to my acupuncturist.
I used to have acupuncture at every season change, and have gone to the same acupuncturist for twenty years, but had not gone in a while. I felt I needed a tune-up, though, and sure enough, the kidney meridian was running backwards. Another acupuncture session next week and I should be in good fighting shape. After acupuncture I rode to the Treehouse cafe for breakfast. Then home, but not before I bought more wieners for Bella – to hide her medication in.
Good weblog post on digital music:
the music of sound » The Problem with Digital Music
But these meandering journeys across the Internet soundscape can be taxing. The medium too easily generates anxiety in place of fulfillment, an addictive cycle of craving and malaise. No sooner has one experience begun than the thought of what else is out there intrudes. Putting on an old-fashioned disk and letting it play to the end restores a measure of sanity. This may explain why the archaic LP is enjoying an odd surge of popularity among younger listeners: it’s a modest rebellion against the tyranny of instant access.”
The whole piece is worth reading.
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This is well said: The medium too easily generates anxiety in place of fulfillment, an addictive cycle of craving and malaise. No sooner has one experience begun than the thought of what else is out there intrudes.
How about you? Do you ever just listen to music, or do you listen to music while doing everything else? Would you say 80% of your listening experience is background music? Less, more? Do you sit down to listen to a single track or an entire album? Does listening with headphones help shut out the world or are you comfortable listening with loudspeakers, while not doing anything else? If you mostly listen to music in the background, do you find that it is because digital music can be played continuously (((either streamed or from files you acquired))) while LPs needed to be turned over every 15 minutes – or do you think the cause is our addiction to multitasking?
Bought another album at HDTracks. Wanting to hear how ECM would produce classical piano, I purchased Johann Sebastian Bach: Inventionen und Sinfonien / Franzosische Suite V performed by Till Fellner, on the ECM label. Check out the Sarabande, part of the French Suite, track #33. That is one very beautiful piece, all 5+ minutes of it. I find it very interesting how Manfred Eicher has turned his interest from Jazz to Classical music over the years. His classical production have that same soundscape as the Jazz recordings and sound wonderful.
Found this on Vimeo yesterday:
Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.