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4 Dec

Things You Can Learn From a Conversation Between Brian Eno and David Mitchell

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1. That Eno was first a painter and that it was another painter that pushed him toward minimalism.
BE: “I feel a lot more connection with painters than composers. Mondrian, for example, is a big star in my firmament. …  I’m sure that this feeling of “magic from limited means” has remained a meme for me, and why I’d call myself a minimalist.”

2. That it is, in fact, okay for you to listen to music that doesn’t do a whole lot.
BE:  “I wanted a music that simply ‘tinted’ the air around me.”

3. Why people started making such music.
BE: “Separated from performance, recorded sound had become a malleable material, like paint or clay. Music was being made like paintings were made, adding and subtracting, manipulating colors, built up over a period of time rather than performed in one sitting. And the results of this process were pointing toward a type of music that was less linear and more immersive: music you lived inside.” Continue reading

independence publishing

4 Jul

The Road to Somewhere, by James A. Reeves, comes out today. If you’re feeling patriotic, you should buy it.

Also hot off the presses is The Believer 2011 Music Issue.

“Besides featuring a CD of some of the best contemporary classical composers, this issue also features a wide-ranging (and rare, so we’re told) interview with Phish lead man Trey Anastasio , a conversation between David Byrne and Tom Zé, another one between Brian Eno and David Mitchell—that bears repeating: Brian Eno and David Mitchell, talking, with you reading along—and yet another featuring Martha Wainwright and Davia Nelson.”

Feel free to buy it off the stands, but that’ll run you $12, whereas subscriptions are on sale right now for $40.

And here’s something cool I just found out about. Abe’s Penny is a publication via postcards.

“Since March of 2009, the Brooklyn-basedpostcard publishers have been disseminating snail-mail storytelling for kids and adults alike. (It’s called Abe’s Peanut for the little ones.) Each postcard unfolds a part of a story, one week at a time. … The May 3.3 issue of Abe’s Penny features New York-based rock/folk singer Alina Simone, who wrote a song entitled “Lost” to accompany a series of images by photographer Spencer Tunick. … Following its release, Abe’s Penny posted the song on its website and held a party at End of Century in NYC’s Lower East Side with both artists showcasing their works.”

Via Design Bureau. Snag the latest issue of Abe’s Penny here.

titles, voyages

23 Jan

titles have always been something that fascinate me, much like the way trees grow, and how the animal kingdom works, and how some people are extremely wise, and also how certain books seem so right.


but especially interesting lately have been the titles of instrumental pieces of music.

there seems to be so much more of a story in them.

or not more of a story, just a more open one.

such as, “Steps in the Wrong Direction,” a piece by Portico Quartet, from London. it’s a quick, stand-up bass-driven tune. the wire brushes on the snare are like, quick but shuffled steps, perhaps on a sidewalk strewn with leaves, on a brisk afternoon, when the sun is not yet low, but masked by dense clouds.


or “The Big Ship,” by ambient legend Brian Eno. Sailing across a digital sea? Floating above our houses? Anchored off a distant, imaginary shore?


What about “The Supine” by Andrew Bird? It tells the story of movement, but also stationary moments. Almost like a cycle. Like walking in sand, where you take 1 step and slide back 2. Or like history, as things circle around and double-back. The stationary moments, where things seem to be slowing and perhaps giving the appearance of movement without actually moving (much like car wheels, or bicycle spokes) take on a new meaning if you know the meaning of supine: marked by lethargy, passivity, or blameworthy indifference. Or: lying on your back, facing upward.


i appreciate the openness of these titles, more so than lines pulled directly from lyrics. i love their freedom. their potential voyage.