Brian Eno: Another Green World. New York: Bloomsbury. (2009).
SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Invisible Jukebox with Ellen Fullman. The Wire, March 2014.
Music: On eavesdropping, Muzak, and the sound of Bitcoin. Frieze, March 2014.
Slate Music Club #3. Slate, December 20, 2013.
Slate Music Club #2. Slate, December 19, 2013.
Slate Music Club #1. Slate, December 17, 2013.
Black Flag: A Re-Formation Gone Wrong. The Guardian, December 6, 2013.
Lou Reed’s Palm Pilot. Slate, October 28, 2013.
Deep brain stimulation (in-depth feature story) for special issue on the brain, Maclean’s (Canada), September 2013.
Secret Circuits: New York’s Early Electronic Music Mavericks. The Daily Note (Red Bull Music Academy), June 2013.
The Beauty of Slow Deterioration: Boards of Canada. Slate, June 12, 2013.
Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Slate, May 21, 2013.
Surround Sound. Frieze d/e, April/May 2013.
Why ‘Neuroskeptics’ See an Epidemic of Brain Baloney. The Globe and Mail, April 13, 2013.
David Bowie’s The Next Day. Slate, March 12, 2013.
Conny Plank. Groove (Germany), March/April 2013. The German translation of my big Conny Plank article, originally published in Frieze. I also expanded it–this version is longer than the original.
Phreaks and Geeks: Exploding the Phone. Slate, February 1, 2013.
Adam Mansbach’s ‘Rage is Back’ Dips Into the Graffiti Life. Los Angeles Times, February 1, 2013.
An Interview with Laurie Spiegel. Frieze, December 22, 2012.
Blaming Pop Culture for Gun Violence is Just a Distraction. Slate, December 21, 2012.
Ravi Shankar. Slate, December 12, 2012.
Lost Cause: Beck’s Song Reader. Slate, December 6, 2012. A big piece I wrote about Beck for Slate, which also folds in Bing Crosby, the histories of sampling, remixing, recorded sound, tape machines, and more. Another piece which took a lot of hard thinking. It got some nice mentions at NPR, and at Grantland.
BASIC: Inside a Single Line of Code, a Labyrinth. Slate, November 30, 2012. A sprawling essay I wrote for Slate about an excellent and very odd book, which inspired me to think widely and strangely about art, vintage technology, the Commodore 64, my teenage years with BASIC, and more.
Music To Sleep To: Brian Eno’s Lux, Reviewed. Slate, November 16, 2012. Brian Eno wrote to me shortly after this Slate piece came out, saying it was his favorite out of the pieces on Lux that had been published so far. “It made me right proud, it did,” Eno told me, and said he was sending the piece to his friends.
Music: Frank Ocean’s Coming Out. Frieze, November / December 2012.
Deep in the Woods, A Reclusive Toymaker Builds His Robot Army. Wired, October 8, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK. For this story, I traveled across the country, got lost in the deep Vermont woods, hiked up the side of a steep hill on an unmarked trail, and interviewed a guy in his four-story-high hand-built geodesic dome for several hours. Was it worth it? Sure.
Why Polaroid Was the Apple of Its Time. Wired, October 4, 2012. Reprinted in Wired Taiwan/Wired Japan.
Embracing 3-D Printers, Manufacturer Tells Customers to Print Their Own Parts. Wired, September 29, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK/Wired Taiwan/Wired Japan. A piece I wrote for Wired Design about 3-D printing and synthesizers, documenting the first instance of a company telling customers to print their own parts.
David Byrne Breaks Down How Music Works in New Book. Wired, September 29, 2012.
Comedy Ensues as Twitter Users Hijack Newsweek’s #MuslimRage Hashtag. Wired, September 17, 2012.
William Gibson on Punk Rock, Internet Memes, and ‘Gangnam Style’. Wired, September 15, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK.
William Gibson on Twitter, Antique Watches and Internet Obsessions. Wired, September 14, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK.
William Gibson on Why Sci-Fi Writers are Almost Always Wrong. Wired, September 13, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK. When I was working at Wired, I would read old issues of Wired from the ’90s and think how great it would be if Wired tried to engage as deeply and thoughtfully with culture as the magazine did back then. To this end, I sought out William Gibson, one of my favorite people, and did a massive interview with him. The trick: to talk with him about the history of recorded sound, punk rock, Internet memes, mechanical watches, etc., and not bore him with dull, predictable questions about when the Neuromancer movie was coming out. The response to the three-part interview was tremendous. I saw the interview cited everywhere. Bill was apparently quoted by South Korean political candidates, in part thanks to his comments in the third segment about “Gangnam Style.” Boing Boing picked up the interview twice, excerpting it heavily, and Wired UK reprinted all three parts in full.
The Algorithmic Copyright Cops: Streaming Video’s Robotic Overlords. Wired, September 6, 2012. This is probably one of the most important features I wrote in 2012, in terms of raising awareness and connecting the dots about an emerging copyright issue. This piece helped set off a wave of discussions at the EFF, Slashdot, Boing Boing, and other sites; articles on the subject in the New York Times, the Telegraph, and other newspapers soon followed.
Researchers Hack Brainwaves to Reveal PINs, Other Personal Data. Wired, August 29, 2012.
‘Pussy Riot’ Becomes a Rallying Cry for Russian Expats. Wired, August 16, 2012. I interviewed a lot of people for this piece–a lot of unlikely sources, all of them of Russian descent–to try to get a different angle on this story.
Man Orders TV Through Amazon, Gets Assault Rifle. Wired, August 8, 2012. Another feature story I wrote for Threat Level, based on an insane fluke I found out about via a chance Facebook connection at 11 p.m. One of the craziest and most widely-read articles I wrote in 2012.
Chris Marker, French Filmmaker Who Inspired Modern Sci-Fi, Dies at 91. Wired, July 30, 2012.
Exclusive Clip: See Raymond Scott’s Fantastical Music Machines. Wired, July 25, 2012.
Encyclopedia Brown Creator Donald Sobol Dies. Wired, July 16, 2012.
Recovered 1927 Metropolis Film Program Goes Behind the Scenes of a Sci-Fi Masterpiece. Wired, July 13, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK.
How the Artist Who Built the ‘Chuck Close Filter’ Got Slammed by Chuck Close. Wired, July 10, 2012.
Conny Plank. Frieze, June 2012.
3-D For Your Ears: Building the Dolby Atmos System for Brave. Wired, June 28, 2012.
New Doc ‘I Dream of Wires’ Celebrates Modular Synths, Retro Gear. Wired, June 13, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK.
Creating Prometheus’ Alien Sounds, With Parrots and Pop Rocks. Wired, June 12, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK.
Clouds, a Documentary Shot with Kinect, Explores Beauty of Code. Wired, June 8, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK/Wired Japan.
Legends of Electronic Music: Tod Dockstader. Wired, June 7, 2012. To do this article, I flew cross-country to Massachusetts on my own dime and jumped through considerable hoops to land this very rare interview with the extraordinary Tod Dockstader, who is now well into his 80s. Wired did not understand why I did this, but they didn’t need to understand. Those who know, know why this is important.
Remembering Ray Bradbury: A Roundup of Tributes and Memorable Clips. Wired, June 6, 2012.
Review: With Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson Crafts a Living Instagram Photo. Wired, June 1, 2012.
The Long History of a Little Gadget: MP3. Frieze d/e, Summer 2012.
It’s in the Cards. Cabinet, Issue #45 (Games), Spring 2012. An essay I wrote about Brian Eno, the Oblique Strategies cards, Erik Satie, and Satie’s performance indications. I read this essay on stage in San Francisco, at an event called “Writers with Drinks,” and it went over incredibly well; people were laughing hysterically at Satie’s performance indications, and I hadn’t realized what great comic value still exists in them.
Ben Burtt on Star Wars, Forbidden Planet and the Sound of Sci-Fi. Wired, May 25, 2012. I interviewed the legendary sound designer Ben Burtt about Forbidden Planet at Skywalker Ranch. Wired then shoehorned the interview into a Star Wars 35th anniversary package. This 2000-word interview is worth reading for all the insights Burtt gives on the potent mysteries of Forbidden Planet and Louis and Bebe Barron. And the Star Wars tidbits are great too. Expect more on this in the not-too-distant future.
Geekiest Uses (So Far) of Google’s Moog Synthesizer Doodle. Wired, May 23, 2012.
Remembering Disco Queen Donna Summer, the Voice of ‘I Feel Love’. Wired, May 17, 2012.
Hacked Medical Machines Join Forces in The Immortal. Wired, May 17, 2012.
Remembering Maurice Sendak. Wired, May 8, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK. One of my favorites out of the several obits I wrote in 2012. Written in under three hours, but I tried to pack as much research and thoughtfulness in there as I could on a very tight deadline.
Jonathan Lethem Riffs on Talking Heads in Fear of Music. Wired, May 4, 2012.
For Stelarc, Extreme Body Mods Hint at Humans’ Possible Future. Wired, May 2, 2012. Reprinted in io9. Stelarc is a legend. When I found out that he was visiting San Francisco, I knew I had to interview him.
Meet Kraftwerk’s Original 3-D Animator, Rebecca Allen. Wired, April 20, 2012. With all of the renewed press attention for Kraftwerk this year, I felt that writing this article–about a woman designer and animator–was a way to get a new, and different, story. Allen’s contributions to Kraftwerk’s visual aesthetic, and her vision for the classic music video “Musique Non Stop,” tell an important story about the history of computer graphics and 3-D animation in the 1980s.
Kraftwerk’s Trans-Europe Express Draws Stars to MoMA. Wired, April 13, 2012.
Kraftwerk Rock Radio-Activity at Museum of Modern Art. Wired, April 12, 2012.
Orbital Talks Vintage Synths, Throwing Up and New Album, Wonky. Wired, April 6, 2012.
From Transistors to Telstar, Idea Factory Traces Bell Labs’ Legacy. Wired, April 4, 2012. One of the long-form book reviews I wrote in 2012 that took a lot of thinking. I was glad to write it.
Rare ’70s Electronic Music is Hidden in The Hunger Games. Wired, March 29, 2012. This piece I wrote on Laurie Spiegel–the scoop that her music was “hidden” in the Hollywood mega-blockbuster The Hunger Games–went off the charts, page-views-wise, and also helped kick off a wave of attention, including a follow-up article in Slate.
Artist Makes Drawing ‘Bot Out of Hacked Turntables. Wired, March 23, 2012.
Meet CERN’s New Artist in Residence, Julius von Bismarck. Wired, March 19, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK.
New Gerhard Richter Documentary Shows Abstract Art in Action. Wired, March 15, 2012.
Control a Giant Modular Synthesizer From the Comfort of Your Home. Wired, March 15, 2012. Reprinted in Gizmodo.
Got a Moment? Listen to a 744-Hour-Long Radio Show. Wired, March 9, 2012.
Idle Screenings Chops Hollywood Movies Into Sea of Animated GIFs. Wired, March 7, 2012.
Japanese Speech-Jamming Gun Designers Reveal Details, Inspiration. Wired, March 6, 2012.
New Video Shows Japanese Speech-Jamming Gun in Action. Wired, March 2, 2012. Reprinted in Wired UK and Wired Japan. These pieces also got a ton of hits, but what I thought was more important were the references I buried into pieces like these to give them more depth–Stockhausen, Muzak, J.G. Ballard, etc. I always tried to inject a bit of weirdness into my articles, even the goofy shorter ones, to make them worth reading.
Interview: Dieter Moebius. Frieze, January 20, 2012. The only interview with the fascinating, enigmatic Dieter Moebius of Cluster that has been done at this length (it’s 3000 words). I met up with Moebius on a subway platform in Berlin after visiting Conrad Schnitzler’s house on the outskirts of the city, and did the interview with him in a Berlin cafe. Happily, this also helped lead to Moebius’ appearance at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival some months later.
Essay: Looking Back on Music in 2011. Frieze, January 2012. An essay I wrote (scroll down to the second half of the page) looking back on music, politics, etc of the year before.
Review: Manfred Mohr. Frieze d/e, Winter 2011-12.
Musica Globalista: Geeta Dayal on Disco, Part 2. Wired, October 2011.
Angus MacLise: Dreamweapon. Frieze, October 2011.
Musica Globalista: Geeta Dayal on Disco, Part 1. Wired, September 2011.
Music: 15 Artists and Writers Discuss Some of the Significant Releases of the Past 20 Years. Frieze 20th anniversary issue, September 2011.
Conrad Schnitzler: 1937-2011. Frieze, August 2011.
Found Soundtracks: Decoder. Sound and Music, July 2011.
Stan VanDerBeek at the List Visual Arts Center. Frieze, Summer 2011.
Book Review: Sound Souvenirs. Current Musicology, Spring 2011.
Electric Eden by Rob Young. Bookforum, May 2011.
Interview: Max Mathews, 1926-2011. Frieze, May 2011.
Interview: Peter Glantz. Baltimore City Paper, March 2011.
Searching for South Asian pop music in New York City convenience stores. The New City Reader: A Newspaper of Public Space. December 2011. Displayed at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City as part of the “Last Newspaper” exhibition.
Peter Gordon and the Love of Life Orchestra. NPR, October 2010.
Conjuring Sound: Music, Magic and Mysticism. Rhizome, October 2010.
Alex Ross’ Listen to This. Bookforum, October 2010.
Brion Gysin at the New Museum. The Wire, October 2010.
Superpitcher’s Kilimanjaro. FACT, September 2010.
Sunsetcorp: The Films of Oneohtrix Point Never. Frieze, August 2010.
On Location: The 10th Anniversary of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. The Wire, August 2010.
A Homemade, Open-Source Scanning Tunneling Electron Microscope. Popular Science, July 30, 2010.
Review: Carsten Nicolai. Frieze, June 2010.
Der Letzte Schrei. Die Tageszeitung (Germany), June 2010.
MUTEK 2010 in Montreal. Rhizome, June 2010.
Landscapes of Quarantine. Frieze, Summer 2010.
An Interview with David Toop. Rhizome, April 2010.
Sound and Vision. Bookforum, March 2010.
Steve Goodman’s Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear. Rhizome, January 2010.
6 Posters on the Swiss Minaret Vote. Print, December 2009.
“The Maharaja of Pop: Michael Jackson and Bollywood.” In The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson, Mark Fisher, ed. London: Zer0 Books. 2009.
“Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt, and Cybernetics.” Rhizome, October 2009.
“The Album Covers of Brian Eno.” Print , October 2009.
“Discover the Recipes You Are Using and Abandon Them: Brian Eno in the Kitchen.” In Loops. London: Faber & Faber. July 2009.
Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. Sound and Music, July 2009.
An Interview with Mathew Jonson. Resident Advisor, September 2008.
MiFare RFID Crack More Extensive than Previously Thought. Computerworld, April 15, 2008.
How They Hacked It: The MiFare RFID Crack Explained. Computerworld, March 19, 2008.
Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music. Bookforum, February/March 2008.
Alice Coltrane (short obit), Vibe, January 2008.
Robotics in Movies: One Step Ahead of Reality. American Museum of the Moving Image: Sloan Science and Film, January 2008.
“Minus,” I.D., January 2007.
“Alice Coltrane’s Journey in Satchidananda.” In Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs, ed. Phil Freeman. Philadelphia: Da Capo, 2007.
End Product: The Book I Drew, Print, November/December 2006.
Going to Seattle: Jukebox Jury with John Darnielle. Seattle Weekly, October 2006.
Funky Handicap: Jukebox Jury with Michael Mayer, Seattle Weekly, October 2006.
Quick Study: Faraday Cages Computerworld, September 26, 2006.
Magda and Cassy. The Village Voice, September 20, 2006.
“The End of the World As We Know It?” The Associated Press, August 17, 2006.
River Dance: Down the Mississippi with the Miss Rockaway Armada. The Village Voice, August 3, 2006.
Ryuichi Sakamoto. Groove (Germany), July/August 2006.
“Hacker Event Closes with Social Engineering, Jello,” Computerworld, July 24, 2006.
“Arrest Mars Second Day of HOPE,” Computerworld, July 23, 2006.
“Throngs Gather to Restore HOPE,” Computerworld, July 22, 2006.
“High-Tech Graffiti: Spray Paint is So 20th Century,” The New York Times, June 25, 2006.
Reprinted in The International Herald-Tribune as “Devising Digital Techniques for Graffiti Artists,” June 23, 2006.
“Matmos,” Res, May 2006.
“A Sheep at the Wheel,” Intersection (UK), February 2006.
“Altered States: Carsten Höller,” Res, January 2006.
“Design for Living,” The Village Voice, January 2006.
Brian Eno’s 14 Video Paintings. The Village Voice, January 2006.
Mark Simpson’s Saint Morrissey: A Portrait of This Charming Fan by an Alarming Fan. The Village Voice, December 2005.
2005 in the Mix. Seattle Weekly, December 2005.
“Music and the Brain.” Groove (Germany), November 2005.
“Dear Abbie’s Esquire.” The Village Voice, November 2005.
“Großartig richtungslos.” Die Tageszeitung (Germany), November 2005.
James Greer’s Guided by Voices: A Brief History. Bookforum, October/November 2005.
“Hey Ho Let’s Go (To Berlin).” The New York Times, September 25, 2005. Reprinted in the Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), October 2005.
Kitsch Klatch: The Kronos Quartet and Asha Bhosle. Seattle Weekly, September 2005.
“Diesseits der Dancefloor, Jenseits der Apokalypse.” Die Tageszeitung (Germany), September 2005.
“Berlin’s Indoor Mountain of Art and Protest,” The New York Times, August 25, 2005. Reprinted as “A Palatial Mountain of Protest Art,” The International Herald-Tribune, August 27, 2005.
Die zwei Geschischter des Purismus. Die Tageszeitung (Germany), August 2005.
Caro’s The Return of Caro. City Pages, August 2005.
David Buckley’s The Thrill of It All. Bookforum, Summer 2005.
“Brave New Hamburger,” The Village Voice, August 2005.
Brian Eno’s Another Day On Earth. City Pages, July 27, 2005.
Brazilian Nao Wave. The Wire, July 2005.
Peter Shapiro’s Turn the Beat Around. The Village Voice, June 2005.
The Design of Dissent at SVA Gallery. The Village Voice, June 2005.
What Sound Does a Color Make? at Eyebeam. The Village Voice, June 2005.
Sound of the City: Kraftwerk at Hammerstein Ballroom. The Village Voice, June 2005.
Jane’s Berserker. The Wire, June 2005.
Verschwende deine Jugend at the 2005 Berlinale. The Wire, May 2005.
Before Victoria at the NYPL. The Village Voice, May 2005.
Richard Florida’s The Flight of the Creative Class. The Village Voice, May 2005.
Mass Mentality: Cinematic Resonance Imaging. The Village Voice, March 2004.
“Ph.Dotcom: Blog Culture Invades Academia,” The Village Voice, April 2005.
“Playing With Fire: M.I.A.,” Seattle Weekly, March 2005.
Paul Morley’s Words and Music. The Village Voice, March 2005.
To Live and Shave in L.A.’s God and Country Rally. The Wire, March 2005.
Kompakt’s Pop Ambient 2005. The Wire, February 2005.
“The Essay: I, Robot,” The Village Voice, February 2005.
“The Acid Test,” The Village Voice (cover story), January 2005.
“Creativity Now at Cooper Union,” The Wire, January 2005.
In Praise of the Riff (contributor). The Wire, December 2004.
2004 in the Mix. Seattle Weekly, December 2004.
Tim Hecker’s Mirages. The Wire, October 2004.
Epiphanies. The Wire, September 2004.
Die Haut’s Burnin’ the Ice. The Wire, August 2004.
Stephen Vitiello’s Melatonin: Meditations on Sound in Sleep. The Wire, August 2004.
“Yury and His MagicBike,” The Village Voice, August 2004.
“The Week in Review: Activism at the RNC,” The Village Voice, August 2004.
Amelia Jones’ Irrational Modernism: A Neurasthenic History of Dada. The Village Voice, July 2004.
“Going to Seattle,” Seattle Weekly, May 2004.
Among the Tuareg of Libya. The Village Voice, April 2004.
Steven Johnson’s Mind Wide Open. The Village Voice, March 2004.
Liars’ They Were Wrong, So We Drowned. The Village Voice, March 17, 2004.
Stereolab’s Margerine Eclipse. The Village Voice, March 2004.
Einstürzende Neubauten’s Perpetuum Mobile. The Village Voice, February 2004.
John Fahey’s Vampire Vultures. The Wire, February 2004.
“The True Sound of Asia,” The Wall Street Journal Asian edition, December 2004.
Sound of the City: Les Georges Leningrad. The Village Voice, December 2004.
David Toop’s Haunted Weather: Music, Silence, and Memory. The Village Voice, November 2004.
Sound of the City: The Ex. The Village Voice, September 2004.
“Spider-Man’s New Look,” The Wall Street Journal Asian edition, August 2004.
Sonic Youth’s Sonic Nurse. The Wire, June 2004.
The 25th Anniversary of the New Music, New York Festival. The Wire, June 2004.
The State of Song (contributor). The Wire, May 2004.
On Location: Brooklyn’s No Fun Fest. The Wire, May 2004.
Mission of Burma’s On Off On. The Wire, May 2004.
David Byrne’s Grown Backwards. The Wire, April 2004.
OOIOO’s Kila Kila Kila. The Wire, March 2004.
Franz Ferdinand. Seattle Weekly, March 2004.
John Fahey’s Vampire Vultures. The Wire, February 2004.
Bobby Conn’s The Homeland. The Wire, January 2004.
2004 in the Mix (contributor), Seattle Weekly, December 2004.
The Homosexuals’ Astral Glamour. Seattle Weekly, October 2004.
Tom Waits’ Real Gone. Wired, October 2004.
Clinic’s Winchester Cathedral. Wired, September 2004.
The Roots’ The Tipping Point. Wired, August 2004.
The Scissor Sisters. Wired, August 2004.
The Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come for Free. Wired, May 2004.
David Bowie’s Reality. Seattle Weekly, January 2004.
“New York Radio: Left of the Dial,” The Village Voice, December 2003.
“Landmarks of the Bronx and Harlem,” The Village Voice, December 2003.
Animal Collective’s Spirit They’re Gone, The Village Voice, December 2003.
Erase Errata’s Other Animals. Seattle Weekly, November 2003.