Saturday, March 17, 2007
Can music hurt?
How do I redress the balance?
Sunday, February 11, 2007
If I wanted to find out more about music, I'd build a bloodstream, not a grid. If I wanted to be political, I'd be a grid, not a bloodstream. Music is movement, politics is immobility - a hard rock facing a brick wall.
If I wanted to learn more about political thought, and expand my horizons, I wouldn't go into politics.
I need to redraw my horizons. I'm more interested in the music of thought than the thought of power.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
- The Shins
- Bloc Party
- Mark Ronson
- Death Cab for Cutie
- The Ventures
It's strange, because upto now the system has been quite predictable, easing me gently away from my standard fare. Today's plays however take me far further. Not sure why. Did I tilt the database with one particular choice the last time I was listening? Is there a threshold of knowledge without which the database can do very little for you? Is it like learning Japanese?
Or indeed any language?
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I'm now back on Recommendations and for the moment receiving quite a varied diet.
As I write, the program tells me there is not enough content to continue, so I've clicked back on to Neighbourhood Radio. Do the gods listen to Last.fm?
I'd still love to do the same thing for political thought.
Monday, January 08, 2007
I recognise the names and begin to associate them with real sounds. There is just so much good music out there - I never really appreciated how much.
In fact, creating a musical profile like this is, in a way, like playing a musical instrument. Touching here, edging there, creating a landscape of meaning, exploring meaning. Its interactivity and revelatory qualities mimic the artistic process. There is a curious artistry in profiling.
Friday, January 05, 2007
It's strange how important "monetising" free services has become - and how difficult becoming a Last.fm "monetisee" seems to be!
Secondly, it encourages you not only to listen but also read around your comfort zones. This technology could surely be applied to many other areas of knowledge. Political thought comes to mind, but any other subject of burning interest could come under its umbrella.
Thirdly, I'm not only listening to and reading about others but also learning about myself as I do so. Self-revelation is very gratifying. This software gratifies.
These are the main reasons I'm finding Last.fm fascinating. I'd love to take its database and apply it to other fields. In the meantime, I'm just enjoying the music and realising how deaf I've been all these years.