The New Age movement in the ’80s was fertile ground for ambient music particularly as healing and wellness tools. Whether it actually helped people or not is perhaps a question for another blog. They produced some aesthetically interesting music! This is a great example. Highly recommended!
The Endless Life Cycle of Japanese City Pop by Cat Zheng is a great summary of the Japanese City Pop phenomenon and the broader ‘Youtube-core’ muzak industry that has sprung up on the platform. Interesting read.
‘She made music jump into 3D: Wendy Carlos, the reclusive synth genius‘ A great article in the Guardian on a true pioneer of electronic music and a new book on her life.
Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s Music for a Future That Never Came by Hua Hsu in the New Yorker is a fantastic read. An interesting life and pioneering musical output. Recommended!
The Beautiful, Deadly Quiet of COVID-19 And an unfortunate experiment on cities, thanks to the birds. An interesting reflection on the effect of COVID 19 shutdowns on the aural landscape of our cities. Certainly, pause for thought and reflection on how we want our cities to operate in the future!
A UNSW PhD candidate is refining human-machine communications through his research into the sounds used in social robotics. An interesting field of current sound design research. Great read.
Penderecki’s handwritten scores. A visual representation of his musical aesthetic.
A fascinating new midi instrument from Roland. The Taiko-1.
H. Takahashi “I was composing as a ceremony to calm myself,” Fact Magazine 2018. Great read.