Apr 21, 2014
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Debussy, Satie, the Buddha.

Debussy, Satie, the Buddha.

Apr 19, 2014
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To this day, I am more interested in Ockeghem than Palestrina, because his music does not tend towards culminating points. Just as one voice approaches a climax another voice comes to counteract it, like waves in the sea. The unceasing continuity of Ockeghem’s music, a progress without development, was one point of departure for me to think in terms of impenetrable textures of sound.

György Ligeti

Apr 12, 2014
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Apr 12, 2014
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Apr 6, 2014
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Fascism and colonialism in the work of Cut Hands and Blackest Ever Black


I couldn’t get this published anywhere, so I’m posting it here. I think it’s really worrying that there are so few places in which we can talk about artists’ politics, even when they are actively dangerous.


“You did call an album Buchenwald.

“Yeah, and so what? It’s just a name.”

Mar 29, 2014
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Frida Kahlo: Henry Ford Hospital, 1932


Frida Kahlo: Henry Ford Hospital, 1932

Mar 25, 2014
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(Source: baronheart)

Mar 17, 2014
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Mar 15, 2014
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Matthijs Maris, A Fair Beauty c.1870-1912


Matthijs Maris, A Fair Beauty c.1870-1912

(Source: rijksmuseum.nl, via earlymodernart)

Mar 11, 2014
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Observancy is a dying art. The essence of dramatic form is to let an idea come over people without it being plainly stated.
Stanley Kubrick (via blue-voids)

(Source: somenotesonfilm, via blue-voids)

Feb 27, 2014
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One of the best things about Erik Satie is that after a certain point in his life he started to pepper his piano miniature scores with all sorts of bizarre performance instructions meant to destabilize even the most seasoned performers.

Stuff like “With conviction and a rigorous sadness,” “With a healthy superiority,” “Don’t eat too much,” “Hypocritically,” “Shake like a leaf,” “Do not cough,” “Go away,” or “Like a nightingale with a toothache.”

For years I had heard about these directions, but without any kind of authoritative list of them I decided to download all the Erik Satie scores at IMSLP and screenshot my favorites.  There got to be so many that I had to present them in this sort-of-powerpoint format.  This collection isn’t anywhere near exhaustive, but it’s a nice introduction.  (The translations are for the most part my own, and I welcome any corrections.)

Oh, and if you’d like to read a nice introduction to Satie’s life, the proto-postmodern invention of “furniture music,” that time he founded his own religion, and the piece he wrote with 840 repeats in it, click here.

Feb 26, 2014
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The doll, with 6,000 parts and programmable actions, might be the first computer. That’s because it was created in the 1770s. This incredible little robot called simply The Writer was designed and built by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz with help from his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot. The simple barefoot boy concealed their true pièce de résistance. At the time, ‘automata’ or little mechanical moving figures, were common in homes of the elite. But Jaquet-Droz’s is the only one so complex scientists argue whether it is the first machine worthy of the name computer.

Feb 23, 2014
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"We’re not ones for busting through walls"

Feb 22, 2014
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Fuck Your Pop-Up Shops | VICE United Kingdom


Good work from Hancox on pop-up shops. Basic issue: replacing long-term sustainable, community-built infrastructure with short-term, high-return, neoliberal commerce centres that enrich a small minority of already wealthy capitalists. Becoming a major problem in Dublin, not so much that they are particularly prevalent in the city, but rather the city’s (or at least the city’s commentariat’s) attitude to them as saviours of local culture and bright lights of hope in recessionary darkness. Bollocks so it is.

Feb 20, 2014
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