“Just as troubling is the way Spotify playlists are eroding the notion of music as art with intrinsic value – not just commercial or monetary value, but creative and cultural value. To Spotify and its playlists, music not only becomes a data point to help sell targeted advertising, but a tool to assist the user in carrying out a task: “Travel”, “Chill”, “Workout”. The idea that music may have a purpose or an effect beyond providing an audio backdrop to other things the listener might be primarily focused on is lost – if it were ever part of the plan to begin with.”
▶ wow this looks & sounds beautiful!
Brand new tape echo created by true experts ECHO FIX – pre-order here…
I’d be buying this immediately if I didnt already own eight different tape echos!
my obsession: Roland SRE555, RE201x2, VOCU VTE2000x3, a Pax Echo Deck
and the weird SS100 Echo Chamber which uses 8 track cartridges!
▶ interesting vid from NHK: interview with Takashi Kokubo discussing his approach to environmental sound design and his “CyberPhonic” recording technology – great history of suikinkutsu and gagaku as kankyō ongaku as well via
▶ It is two weeks today from the terrorist massacre of 50 peaceful, loving human beings who were attacked in a Muslim mosque in Christchurch… As someone wisely commented, it has brought out the best in us… and the worst.
First some of the worst: The evil actions of a pathetic white supremacy terrorist were utterly repulsive but those same evil actions revealed some deeply dark aspects of modern life. Facebook could not identify or stop him live streaming the massacre for 17 minutes on their platform. As if that wasn’t bad enough, apparently there were over 1.5 million attempted uploads of that same fckng video, with 90% of them being identified & blocked but many of them getting past the filters because they were, get this, ‘indistinguishable from FPS video game live streams…’ Think about that for a minute… Facebooks response? Nothing. But its not just Faecebook… Washington Post journalist Drew Harwell noted, “The New Zealand massacre was live-streamed on Facebook, announced on 8chan, reposted on YouTube, commentated about on Reddit, and mirrored around the world before the tech companies could even react.” While they plead ignorance, or in Zuckerbergs case don’t plead anything or respond at all, it was pointed out in local media that apparently in Germany there are such strict anti-Nazi laws that social media DOES block all nazi white supremacists hate speech as those same laws carry major fines and penalties… which tells you these companies can filter that shite out, they just choose not to. Apparently Instagram is also now a new home for hate which leads me to believe these companies need to be similarly targeted with massive fines, since it would seem their only *real* conscience is financially motivated.
Has any good come from the actions of a deluded little gun wielding manchild? Our Prime Minister Jacinda Adern, a young woman, new mother and one of the best political leaders this country has had in a decade or more, would never have imagined she would have to lead this country through such dark days. But lead she has. Her immediate response of compassion and genuine love has been a beacon of hope, but equally her political response over the following two weeks has also confirmed why she should remain PM for the next decade. Military assault weapons banned. A full enquiry into how & why the pathetic little Australian nazi wasn’t identified and on a watch list. And social media sites, especially Facebook, have felt an immediate response with advertising funds being pulled from the platform
And the response from the general public has been the exact opposite of what the pathetic nazi aspired to, with the entire population grieving and expressing support & love for the Muslim community. Just two examples: when the mosques re-opened for prayers last Friday, random citizens formed a human chain around the mosque as symbolic protection. A human chain.
And equally amazing in many ways, local indigenous gang the Mongrel Mob travelled to a Hamilton mosque to join the symbolic (or not in their case) protection efforts. (I saw someone retweet a young kiwi Muslim woman, who was walking to that particular mosque and saw the Mongrel Mob convoy, she waved to express thanks & every one of them responded. Unimaginable.)
The response from graphic artists has also been heartfelt & poignant, at first expressing love & empathy… and then more political responses began to emerge…