February 13, 2014, is the official release date for my 33 1/3 book on Aphex Twin's 1994 album Selected Ambient Works Volume II, available at Amazon (including Kindle) and via your local bookstore. • F.A.Q.Key Tags: #saw2for33third, #sound-art, #classical, #juntoElsewhere: Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram

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My Aphex Twin Book: a 33 ⅓ Bestseller for 2014

Welcome news from my publisher


cover-from-Bloomsbury-siteThis is very nice news. I just learned this morning that my book in the 33 1/3 series, on Aphex Twin’s album Selected Ambient Works Volume II, is one of the top 10 bestsellers in the series for all of 2014. That’s out of over 100 books. The 100th in the series, by Susan Fast, on Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous, came out in September. I’m especially happy that two largely lyric-less albums, mine and Ferguson’s Donuts, made the list. Also, Ferguson was one of the authors I brought in to work on those comics I edited for the recent Tokyo festival put on by Red Bull Music Academy. His comic was on Isao Tomita. Anyhow, below is the top 10 list of 33 1/3’s 2014 bestsellers in full. My book, which was published on February 13, 2014, and is now in its second printing, came in #5:

  1. J Dilla’s Donuts by Jordan Ferguson

  2. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kirk Walker Graves

  3. Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville by Gina Arnold

  4. Michael Jackson’s Dangerous by Susan Fast

  5. Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II by Marc Weidenbaum

  6. Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality by John Darnielle (featured in the New York Times review of Darnielle’s new novel)

  7. Oasis’ Definitely Maybe by Alex Niven

  8. Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Kim Cooper

  9. Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique by Dan LeRoy

  10. Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love by Carl Wilson.

News via the 33 1/3 blog at 333sound.com.

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My final Instagram shot for 2014: an especially self-conscious doorbell. #soundstudies

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Sunflower speaker, souvenir of school visit.

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PR Notice

Dealing with the deluge

My email account is pretty pummeled by music PR, which given that the PR involves lots of opportunities to listen to music for free isn’t really something that I expect much consolation for. Anyhow, the following is, for the record, the current version of the email I reply with, on occasion, the fifth or sixth time I get sent an unsolicited email with a faux-personal introduction, telling me how much they love my blog, and extolling the virtues of this pop-punk band, or that neu-soulful r&b diva, or some country singer with a moving personal story to share:

Hi. It’s really not up my professional alley.

I pretty much focus my writing on “technologically mediated sound” — ambient music, sound art, sound design, sound in the media landscape, experimental classical, hip-hop production, that sorta thing. And I write very little about what would traditionally be considered a “song.”




It’s amazing how many PR agencies use Constant Contact and MailChimp and other services without the permission of recipients. When I have the time, I forward the offending emails to the abuse accounts of the given service.

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Another shot of the head and torso simulator at the sound lab.

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