Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Associated Press has announced that Linksys has released an iPhone, phones that take advantage of VoIP technology, including one with built-in Skype capabilities. With Skype ceasing free web-to-phone calls at the end of 2006, the $30 per year (that's right, per year) that the company is asking users to pony up for continued use still seems like a good deal. And if your one of those people who receives free wi-fi (public works or unprotected wireless routers), the iPhone might be your best choice for keeping those phone bills as low as possible. If they could combine a device like this with some of my ideals for the Zune 2.0, it would revolutionize the way we stay in touch.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Joan LaBarbara's Acrostic

Today I was in Joan LaBarbara's studio and saw one of John Cage's acrostic poems on her wall. It was based on her name. Above it was picture of the two of them playing chess. History as memories.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

I'm sure I'm johnny-come-lately to this, but this video makes me smile every time I see it. Enjoy

Ligeti's Material

The other day, music critic Ben Finane called me up and told me he was doing a big piece for Stereophile magazine on Ligeti, and he wanted to ask me a few questions about the subject. Even though I've spoken quite a bit about this subject, especially after the composer's passing this summer, I'm always shocked by what I perceive to be going on in Ligeti's music. To me, Ligeti is one of the first composers who drew attention away from his material (themes, chords, motives, etc) and asked the listener to follow the process of construction of the work. I'm not speaking here about listening to classical forms and being able to tell where the development end and where the recapitulation begins, but in Ligeti's music, a large part of his work seems to involve objects coming into being or evaporating into the air. Often the objects that do appear are so complex or mobile that it's hard to grasp what they are before they disappear, but it's because the processes of appearing and disappearing are so spectacular that the listener is willing to give up any feelings of confusion and surrender to the piece.