Lou Reed, tai chi practitioner.
All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.
His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: 50 pounds of pots rated an “A”, 40 pounds a “B”, and so on.
Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”.
Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity.
It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work-and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay."
Art and Fear- David Bayles and Ted Orland (via qweety)
MY LIFE… MY LIFE….
— Seth Cooke, percussionist, recordist, and emergency responder, describes some of the less-considered problems of location recording in “No Locus.”
Rosa Roedelius talks to Brian Eno about Chance……and about breaking down the one-on-one relationship between singer and listener. Widening pop music to fill the whole frame.
(Becoming the bass player’s best friend?)
From the Impulsive Habitat page describing this… uh… meditative ambient industrial concrete release of Intercession, by Seth Cooke:
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” -Romans 8:26
Composed of recordings made - with permission - in and around West Yorkshire Police Headquarters; in the telephony equipment rooms; electronic alarm sounds; mobile phone interference; and various other drone phenomena - all sounds produced by the equipment that mediates emergency calls and other requests for aid. This is the sound of the devices that intercede for us and the machines that help maintain them, not the emergency calls themselves. No restricted or sensitive information or money gained from taxation was used in creating this composition. -Seth Cooke
Rosy, Technology by Morning Bride
Clarity. So much clarity. This is what I need more than energy. To face what must be done. Clarity.
Plus that long ending is just hypnotic.
An anonymous author’s novel written on the walls of an abandoned house in Chongqing, China (2012)