So much for my intrepidness. I still haven’t finished several of the books listed on January’s reading log. The Secret History of Lord Musashi (1935) by Tanizaki, for instance, nor Umberto Eco’s Mouse or Rat?, nor Baron von Munchausen. This month’s books were a breeze to read however. I really enjoyed Thomas Dolby’s memoir. Towards the end of the book he makes a claim that his Beatnik software synth, which ran on phones like Nokia’s, was the most widely heard synthesizer in history. I enjoyed the memoir very much.
Somewhat relatedly, last Sunday, I set up another blog where I’ll be posting occasionally on issues related to sound, music, and hearing: hyperaudiosensitive. Over the past year or two as I have been learning to play piano and also a bit about circuit-bending, I’ve been tempted to post thoughts on music and sound here but have mostly refrained. My reasoning is that most people who visit here do so because they are interested in books and literature, not music, sound, or audition considered as subjects in themselves.
Now, it seems a little ill-advised to begin a second blog when 1) there has always been frequent and strong overlap between my readings and my explorations of sound/music; and 2) my updates here are rather infrequent. (There’s a good chance now I’ll have not one but two rarely updated blogs!) Yet I couldn’t help but draw that imaginary line…
The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology (2016) – Thomas Dolby
Music by the Numbers: From Pythagoras to Schoenberg (2018) – Eli Maor