Keeping it Reel

Keeping it Reel

So I’ve been thinking and writing a lot about the media formats on which we compile and listen to music – tapes, CDs, iTunes playlists and so on – and how the various affordances of each of those formats shape the nature of the mix. Spotify, for...
The right next song

The right next song

For the past few months, on and off – more off than on, but with at least some degree of consistency – I’ve been working on my next book. So far, it’s pretty much just a collection of notes, thoughts, a few interviews with some interesting people and...
Give us this day

Give us this day

In order to be good at something, you need to first spend time being bad at it. Musical instruments, and particularly the violin, where ‘bad’ takes on whole new layers of meaning, are very good examples of this idea. My students, when I had students, would...
Nothing ever happens

Nothing ever happens

I’ve written pretty much every day for well over 20 years. On average, somewhere around 1500 words a day. Often much more. I’m not talking about emails or text messages. I mean stopping, sitting down and writing for no reason other than to write. Most of...
Music for Airports takes off

Music for Airports takes off

I’m in Croatia for the launch of a project called Music For Airports. Named after the seminal Brian Eno album that considered the role of music for public space and kickstarted ambient music, the project created permanent sound art installations at Rijeka...