Sunday, January 28, 2007

books and music for blogging

These are the books and music that influence this blog. Not all of the influences, just a few of my favorites.

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Acts of Religion, by Jacques Derrida

Books can tell us things we would have not known, if not for books. We can curl up with them, when they're good, and boil them when they're bad. Book soup is not too grueling.

Some books come to us as self-parody and deep insight.

Some are technical resources for web analysts and usability professionals.

Others are marketing books that everyone should read, for laughs, lessons, and leaping ahead.

When you want to understand how the Technological Imperative is attempting to rule your life, there are books that treat the topic in a rich phenomenology.

It helps your mind to stay young, vibrant, and strong, when you read difficult, challenging, provocative, combative books on topics related to your passion and/or career.

Read the simple, study the deep, struggle with the esoteric, practice the fundamentals, master the profound.

Music, too, could be merely entertaining, or intellectually enlightening, mentally expanding.

Many ways to do it.

Music can appear to the ear as a concern with novel ways to organize and interrogate sound: clashing, jarring, explosive, harsh, abrasive, unexpected, uncategorized, suspended, inert, hovering.

[Iannis Xenakis: "Perseopolis + remixes, edition 1"]

Or murky quirky avant garde.

[Luciano Berio: "Corale, Chemins II & IV, Points on the curve to find..."]

Perhaps we decide to smarten our brains and refresh our creative and strategic batteries. Why not listen to successful blogger podcasts?

Ah, my friend in Moscow, the musician Djet.

[Djet: "Snow Maiden", "Abrasive", "Silent Pictures", "Inanimate Objects" EPs]

Back in 1972, when Tangerine Dream was a more experimental band.

This has the honor of being the first album I know of that deliberately tried to make music that was stationary, that seemed to move, sort of, but refused to actually arrive anywhere.

It was done to symbolize the inertia of time, the lack of motion in temporality, the stillness of eternity now.

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