Tuesday, 14 April 2015

singlesingles for Record Store Day

Local Newcastle event for Record Store Day ... the close relationship between music and art ... more information from Chris Dorsett.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

X-Ray Audio

The soviet ban on western music had an interesting by-product in the 1950s when bootlegs were pressed onto discarded x-rays. The 'Roentgenizdat' or 'bone music' is arguably is an example where "... the format is completely integral to the listening experience" and where the imperfections and background noise add rather than detract from the experience. From an era when music wasn't ubiquitous it does question the value we place on music against the ease of availability and formats.

Currently included in "the curves in the needle' show at Baltic 39. and available for purchase here.

Reference: Paphides, P (2015) "Bone Music". The Guardian G2 30th January pp10-11. Milner, G (2009) Perfecting Sound Forever: The Story of Recorded Music (Granta, London).

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Pac Man Street Games

Just love the application of Pac Man technology to Google Earth. Just tested it out for Castle Terrace, Ashington and next to the office in Grey Street, Newcastle (top). Reference: Ramaswamy, C (2015) "Pac-Man gets new playground - Google Maps". G2 2nd April p2.