Category Archives: Uncategorized

I’ve been on the road pretty much nonstop for the past month. First Barcelona, then Boston, then Los Angeles, then San Francisco. Now, as of a few days ago, I’m in Boston again. Soon New York. Then who knows where.

It’s nice to be home. The long summer days are inconceivably hot, almost baking. I don’t have an air conditioner; I haven’t used one in years, I think. I’m far more sensitive to cold than I am to heat. During the day, I work in the basement of the Media Lab, which is frigid, windowless and airless — like working inside of a refrigerator. My writing desk at home is under a skylight, which is blinding during the day; I keep a lot of my plants perched underneath it and they’re doing extraordinarily well. Orchids, lavender, jade. I planted a bunch of avocado pits in a jar and they’re shooting up like trees. I do most of my writing and reading at night, when a cool breeze blows through the window.

I’m working on the Discreet Music chapter, which is a long one. If there was space on the book cover, I think I’d retitle the book “Another Green World/Discreet Music/Evening Star.” Discreet Music was released the same year as Another Green World — the year 1975, if you were in the UK. (They were released later in the US.) Discreet Music was released the same week as Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music! DM and MMM are two of my favorite records. I have them both in various redundant formats (vinyl, CD, mp3, etc etc.) and persist in believing that the various formats actually do sound different. For a long time when I lived in New York City, I would fall asleep with Metal Machine Music spinning on my record player. I didn’t find it harsh and abrasive at all; at a low volume, it had a comforting, shimmering effect, and did a fine job of drowning out street noise.

Re-reading: Haunted Weather (Toop), Swollen Appendices (Eno), Experimental Music (Nyman), Echo and Reverb (Doyle), Audio-Vision (Chion). Going on lots of long bicycle rides to clear my mind, between long work shifts.

I just got in to Barcelona for Sonar, so updates may be sparse over the next few days. The airline lost my checked-in luggage (including my camera), but hopefully I’ll still have some photographs to show for my time here when I’m back next week. If you’re in Barcelona, drop me an email (see the “Contact” link on the top of this page).

Late one night when I was working, I started making a list of alternate 33 1/3 books I’d write if I wasn’t doing this Eno one:

Maurizio – M7
Drexciya – Bubble Metropolis
Ennio Morricone – Soundtrack to Vergogna Schifosi (1968)

Huge sellers, all. Get on these, people!

Favorite quotes from things I’ve read or seen this week:

William Gibson on Second Life: “I think it only works if you’re hooked up socially. Otherwise it’s like walking around outside a shopping mall in Edmonton, Alberta, at 4 in the morning in December.” (from Salon, interviewed by Dennis Lim)

And, in one of the most meta things I’ve seen recently, here’s a live-action rendition/parody of Second Life, from Youtube.