Saturday, June 18, 2005

Fake Organism

Your phone's off the hook but you're not. Look around people. See the sky collapse, watch the resolute sea rise up to swallow you. I'm feeling a bit antediluvian today. A bit eschatological. Burn baby burn, burn it all down. Cranky, a barbed wire funk. I remember an old girlfriend and I running soaking and drunk through the pre-dawn Vancouver rain, singing Smith's songs. Our kisses were fevered, now there's an old bruise to show for it. Where were we going?

Iggy Pop 'The Passenger'
The Smiths 'Reel around the Fountain'
Cocteau Twins 'Musette and Drums'
New Order 'Everything's Gone Green'
Spear of Destiny 'The Wheel'
Fad Gadget 'Incontinent'
Cabaret Voltaire 'A Touch of Evil'
Tracks to drift off to.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Tim's Truths

Today I realized:
1. I've seen our commonality....and it's boring.
2. We are the products we desire
3. Talk is cheap, but you can sell it for profit.
4. All of our ideas, philosophies and beliefs are nullified by death.
5. I need more sleep.

Friday, June 10, 2005

The Music, the Medium, the Message

Hmmmm, what's more important to you, the sonic fidelity of a recording or the emotional impact of the music? A bit of both? Back in tha day my friend Gord had a pretty sweet stereo and he'd make me tapes from time to time that sounded pretty good to my untrained ears. He assured me that there was a lot of artistry in producing a faithful copy of a disc. Album. Platter to you young-uns. A lot of my friends were into the 'quality' of recordings, talking endlessly about tonal degradation and harmonic distortion and so on. So I learned a bit about what to listen to beneath the music. When I could, I spent a fair bit on stereo equipment to bring out the best in my collection of tunes. And it was good. Then one day I heard the Ramones and they got my attention. The album sounded as raw as a band-saw slicing into a chunk of concrete and I loved it. Not so my audiophile friends. They wouldn't let me bring my Clash albums over in fear of 'ruining' their ten thousand dollar stereos. Plus they hated the music. So I got new friends. I fell in love with the Replacements and Husker Du on my buddy's garage-sale stereo, even though only one channel worked, and the speakers were taped together and mismatched. Who needed a graphic equalizer and carbon fiber speaker cones? Not us. Lately though I've been listening to a lot of Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix and there is a lot to be said for high quality recordings. The studio was an instrument and it became a part of the work that just doesn't translate well on an iPod. I'll go with a happy medium in this debate, quality and quantity finely balanced. Rock on.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Musical Mnemonics

That's a tough one to repeat 5 times. Simply, mnemonics are memory enhancers. I realized today that as well as enjoying a wide range of music for the sheer pleasure of it, I'm relying on songs increasingly to recall events that took place years ago. 'Hmmm, what was I doing in the Autumn of 1981?...better play that Echo & the Bunnymen track'. The way we experience music has changed radically over the last few hundred years. Before the Internet and CDs, before the Vinyl LP, before radio and before the Player Piano there was live music and nothing more. Sheet music and symphonic scores probably weren't all that accessible to the average person, so it was all live. Travelling musicians roamed the country-side performing the hits of the day and local citizens packed halls for the sounds of Mozart. Now I can create a piece of music on the computer and put it out there for anyone on the planet with an Internet connection and the motivation to listen to it. Nothing but bits and bytes. If you want to check out Tunisian Rai or Brazilian Funk or the latest glitch-pop from Sweden it's just a mouse-click away. Is it shrinking the world? I hope so. Viva le Revolution!

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Live from Scotland

Guid Mornin,
Occasionally I get bored with all things digital, but it only lasts for a day or so. Why? Because the Internet has been my source of musical nourishment for the last 9 or 10 years. It's a conduit through which I've discovered new artists, kept up with old favorites and connected with like-minded people around the world. What I'm loving right now are music blogs and podcasts. I'll plug a new site you can check out at http://tartanpodcast.co.uk/. It's that D.I.Y. flavor that's always fresh, always inspiring and never quaint. Just a bloke who loves music and wants to give exposure to up and coming bands. Excellent.
Another blog I've been spending a lot of time at is http://polloxniner.blogspot.com. Great site with lots of links. That's it for now people. Ciao.