Category: Music

Hildegard Westerkamp on Background Music

Yesterday, Hildegard Westerkamp shared this story on the Acoustic Ecology listserv, and I thought it might be worth sharing with a larger audience. Although I might not share Westerkamp’s views on the nature of listening (“But does anyone actually listen to the music  – or to the intent behind the music, for that matter?”), her…

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The Future of Festivals

»So all of these festivals that the film looks at, they are more or less – in my mind – run by people who come out of the late 80s and early 90s. The European techno scene. And that idea of music as a seismograph of societal change – that’s really important. So the film…

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Modulations

Last night I watched Modulations: Cinema for the Ear by Lara Lee. The documentary tracks the evolution of electronica in the 20th century starting from Russolo, Stockhausen and Kraftwerk. The film shows what electronic music was like in 1998, and what it might become.     Although Modulations does a decent job of showing musicians…

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Field of Reeds.

What’s so subtle about this album is how this nostalgia of the broken is not only conveyed through Jack’s whispered psychosis-like poetics. The broken is inherent in the music. Syncopation regressing into a lack of any discernible rhythm, words, instrumentation. Everything is in a state of unrest. It is collapsing, and that is why I…

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