allaboutgeorge + listening   6

Silent Party #1 | Pitchfork
You may have one or several of these stories yourself: Moments when you realized that an active approach toward listening could be more than recombining track orders, and that research could be as rewarding as the listening process itself. Like any other form of media, we should look at music not so much as a "thing" but as "a way of doing something." Music is a process: An active, never-ceasing dialogue between creators and listeners with infinite outcomes.
music  copyright  creativity  law  media  songwriting  listening  hiphop 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Jay Rosen on the media: Seven questions for Jay Rosen | The Economist
Look: the alternative to chasing clicks is building trust and an editorial brand. "What people want" arguments don't impress me. I think anyone with a half a brain knows that you have to listen to demand and give people what they have no way to demand. You have to listen to them, and assert your authority from time to time, because listening well is what gives you the authority to recommend what is not immediately in demand.
listening  attention  journalism  media  newspapers  authority 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why You Need Music. | Stripmall Architecture
What I am saying is that you need to also listen to new music. I know I have a conflict of interest here, (being an “undiscovered musician” and all) but I feel that discovering new music is of the utmost importance to your human-ness. I know this in the same way I know that burning books is wrong. I know this in the same way that I know that you don’t talk during a play. I know this like I know that you have to floss. Listening to new music is good mental hygiene and is of fundamental importance to your mental and emotional health and well-being. It makes you feel, it makes you think, it can help stroke victims recover language abilities, it reaches people suffering from depression when friends and family can’t , it even helps kids’ brains develop. There is an entire internet full of anecdotal evidence that music will get you laid. What more do you need?
music  reviews  beauty  attention  aging  health  creativity  listening 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Song Decoders at Pandora -
It’s the “social” theories of music-liking that get most of the attention these days: systems that connect you with friends with similar tastes, or that rely on “collaborative filtering” strategies that cross-match your music-consumption habits with those of like-minded strangers. These popular approaches marginalize traditional gatekeepers; instead of trusting the talent scout, the radio programmer or the music critic, you trust your friends (actual or virtual), or maybe just “the crowd.”
Pandora’s approach more or less ignores the crowd. It is indifferent to the possibility that any given piece of music in its system might become a hit. The idea is to figure out what you like, not what a market might like. More interesting, the idea is that the taste of your cool friends, your peers, the traditional music critics, big-label talent scouts and the latest influential music blog are all equally irrelevant. That’s all cultural information, not musical information.
media  music  internet  nytimes  pandora  attention  reputation  marketing  business  oakland  technology  listening  aesthetics 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
the vernacular body: Lisible
"Written text unfolds in space. It's visual first of all, before that miraculous convoy of conversions that make it sensible to the reader. It's a seen thing." (via amardeep singh)
audio  podcasting  mp3  reading  writing  listening  text 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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