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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Interesting Classical Music

Over the past year and a half, I have found myself listening to more and more classical music. I feel like most people my age turn their noses up to classical music. I feel like there is a stereotype that classical music is for "older rich people", is boring, or even stuffy. The more I listen to it, the more I feel myself breaking away from this stereotype. The more I listen to classical music, the more I find myself being engaged, and blown away by the many layers and beauty of the music.

As I've continued my exploration of the genre, I've found myself listening to film scores. This is usually the incidental music composed specifically for a film to add dramatic weight to particular scenes. The film scores that I've really enjoyed are the scores for Start Trek movies. They are utterly beautiful. One song that I particularly enjoy comes from Star Trek: Insurrection. It's called: Ba'Ku Village, and is from the opening credits of the film. It's really lovely.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Revenge of Analog Part 3

As promised, below you will find my complete interview with David Sax, author of: "The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter". I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Revenge of Analog Part 2

So this past week was very exciting. On Thursday, I had the opportunity to interview David Sax, author of "The Revenge of Analog". It was a very insightful interview. I came away from the interview even more convinced that the resurgence of analog technology isn't a fade, but a new reality. 

Whether we as a society want to admit to it or not, we live in an analog world. And analog isn't going away. In fact it's almost like our natural and best way to communicate is through analog. It could be the more we embrace this reality, the greater our ability will be to thoughtfully engage with one another through music, art, or conversation in a meaningful way.

I'll be sure to post the interview here as soon as I have finished editing it.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Music from St. Vincent

On October 13th, St. Vincent released her 6th full length album "MASSEDUCTION". It's incredible!!! It's a breakup record set to pop music. I love it, and have been listening to it pretty much non-stop since its release.

The song Pills is my favorite thus far. It's a great example of what St. Vincent does musically on this record. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Revenge of Analog

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I was browsing a book store in Hyde Park two weeks ago, and I came across a book by David Sax entitled "The Revenge of Analog". The theme of the book is how many analog technologies such as record players, paper books/journals, and film photography are making a comeback in the digital age.

Not just a comeback, a very big comeback. I'm only two chapters into the book, but thus far Sax is arguing that we (humans) need to have some sort of connection to certain types of objects in order to have a connection. With digital technology, we can own "stuff", but they are just codes. Nothing we can hold. But if we have a vinyl record of Rubber Soul, we have something in our hands that represents that art.

I'm really enjoying the book thus far. I do find myself drawn to more analogy technologies recently. I try and listen to a record an evening. Cut down on my phone time, and watch DVDs instead of streaming. (I know DVDs are still digital, but you still can hold them in your hands.) I almost feel like I'm more connected to the analog/physical object than the digital.

I sense that this may be a future topic for my podcast series 'The Looking Glass'.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Four Formats

Over the past month or so, I've been thinking of ways to improve my podcast series "The Looking Glass". Overall, I feel that the show has many bright spots, but it is in danger of becoming stagnate. After listening to a wide variety of shows, speaking to friends, colleagues, and family, I feel that I might have thought of four "formats" that I could employ that will help improve my series drastically. Here are my ideas, and I should not that none of these format ideas are original. They've all been employed by other broadcasters, but nevertheless they will be new to me.

1. First person storytelling. Little to no narration throughout the entire piece. This will allow the guest to tell their story.

2. Documentary Style. Interviews. Soundbytes. The public interviewed for opinions. Narration used to tie the story together. Very traditional style.

3. Current Style. Interview cut up with narration connecting the pieces together.

4. Unabridged Interview. Air the interview as is.

I'm excited about these new styles, and can't wait to employ them into my storytelling.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Star Trek Kick

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I've been on a Star Trek kick recently. I think part of it is I have the opportunity to see Wrath of Khan in the theater. Just rewatching the films reminds me how unique and interesting the series is. Plus it's ultimately just a good old fashion adventure show, and there is nothing wrong with that.