Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Have a great day with your family and friends!
A few days ago, I read this long essay (The Problem with Muzak) by Liz Pelly in The Baffler, which took a critical look at Spotify and the growing power it has come to wield in the music industry. It is an astute article, one you aren’t likely to read in the bubble of popular media or technology press.
Over past few months, I have become strangely obsessed with reconnecting to music, listening, curating and most importantly experiencing it, much like I used to about a decade ago. In the years that intervened, like many, I too succumbed to the charms of streaming music…. the sheer ease of accessing music, anytime, anywhere on any device made perfect sense.
The downside of streaming was that the music was optimized to meet the vagaries of the broadband networks, and as such, we moved away from the idea of music from say a compact disc. But the end of our love affair with music began even before shitty headphones and low-resolution audio streams. Formats and devices have nothing to do with music, art, and creativity — what matters is the human relationship to creativity.
A quick in-and-out work trip to New York has left me struggling with cold, cough and fever. It has messed up my plans for the month – including photography and reading. Most importantly, I have been remiss in my blogging. I am feeling better, so you are going to see lot more regular publishing. By the way, being sick has one upside — afternoon naps and a lot of time window shopping for vintage Seikos on eBay.
December 22, 2017, San Francisco.
Made with iPhoneX. Edited with RNI Films.