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Ballard Variations

From the intro to a RE/Search volume

I love this qualification from V. Vale in the introduction to the book J.G. Ballard Conversations, published by Vale’s long-running RE/Search imprint.

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“Some Arranging”

(sign on community bulletin board at burrito shop)

“Some arranging” (sign on community bulletin board at burrito shop)

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White Noise, Dark Theme

Version 7.6.2

This is an alert from iOS informing me about the updates to the latest version of this white-noise app, which has reached version 7.6.2. Now I’m wondering how dark-theme white noise differs from regular white noise, and if we’ll get to a point where we start employing the retronym “light-theme white noise” for regular old white noise, and yes I’m joking.

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Reviewing SFEMF 2019 in The Wire

And clarifying the metaphorical nature of the trash compactor

I have a new, 650-word piece in The Wire, as the typeface in this little snippet evidences. It’s about the recent San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, all four nights of which I attended over the course of mid-September. The deadline was quite tight, as it’s only October 11 today, the issue has been out for a few days already, and the final night of the concert series was September 15. I really enjoyed the challenge, and the music, which itself was often challenging, ranging from 3D sound environments, to live circuitry, to experimental chamber opera. It was the SFEMF’s 20th anniversary.

In the Wire review, I compare one musician’s work favorably to being inside a trash compactor. I loved that I had to clarify (at my editor’s valuable and perceptive request) that this was a metaphor and the musician wasn’t, in fact, employing a trash compactor.

My article is in the November 2019 issue, the one with Kevin Martin and Stephen O’Malley on the cover.

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Ghost Act

Spotted this flyer for my favorite local ambient band.

Jeepers. This one is a bit of a hit on Twitter, where as of this typing on Saturday afternoon the 5th, about 24 hours after posting, it has over 250 likes and over 40 retweets.

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