Sounds of 2016

Wasn’t sure I was going to do this, for 2016, but ended up compiling this list for a friend earlier this month. Below are links to some of the things I’ve been listening to in last 6-12 months. Some of this has been posted previously here, by me. Not a ton of “new” hiphop but some…

Of particular note Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip in The Abstract and The Dragon and The Return of The Abstract and the Dragon

Konnichiwa the hottest grime album of last 12 months, via Skepta

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, giving a great NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

The chopped and screwed remix of Solange by DJ Auditory

Acapella Gucci Mane also with a NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Oddisse

These Dominican rappers Whitest Taino Alive

A rinseFM tribute show to Prince

Gilberto Gil – MTV Unplugged 1994. Loved so much I bought on CD (for
like 1$) via Discogs

Some sick contemporary LA jazz (has done some work with Kendrick
Lamar). I have this on vinyl.

Finally, also been listening to some comedy at work occasionally.

Norm McDonald has a podcast/show and You Made it Weird. Including a great one with Gary Shandling, RIP.

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re: downcast euphoria

Wire: Your music seems to be about the after effects of Rave, about never actually experiencing it.

Burial: I’ve never been to a festival. Never been to a rave in a field. Never been to a big warehouse, never been to an illegal party, just clubs and playing tunes indoors or whatever. I heard about it, dreamed about it. My brother might bring back these records that seemed really adult to me and I couldn’t believe I had ‘em. It was like when you first saw Terminator or Alien when you’re only little. I’d get a rush from it, I was hearing this other world, and my brother would drop by late and I’d fall asleep listening to tunes he put on.

Wire: I suppose your contact with Rave through your brother is what makes your records so mournful: you know what is missing now, whereas others might not even know what they are missing.

Also, some interesting tidbits about his sound sampling, of matches, lighters, video games sounds (ammo dropping, level ups) et al.

R.I.P Mark Fisher. From an old interview with Burial published back in 2007 in The Wire.

re: why a high level of chaos is needed for consciousness to function

They go on to suggest that the emergence of consciousness itself may have a relatively simple physical explanation: our minds are the locations where matter has temporarily sorted itself into a sufficiently complex state on its way to maximally disorganized equilibrium. …Consciousness might arise when the largest amount of possible connections are achieved within a given set of restraints. In the harsh language of thermodynamics, “consciousness (like biochemistry) may represent thus an optimal channel for accessing sources of (free) energy.”…As the Internet becomes something approaching an infinitely interconnected library, there may come a time when the bits align themselves in such a way that they emerge as something we recognize as truth, beauty, and being.

Over at his blog Kevin Buist explored how Consciousness Emerges from the Archive; in a post that references Jorge Louis Borges, bots such as Metaphor-a-Minute or @horse_ebooks, the uncreativity of poet Kenneth Goldsmith, The Library of Babel and finally “a very bizarre and complex computer game called Dwarf Fortress”.

re: stack platforms aka “earth, cloud, city, address, interface, user”

Platforms offer a kind of generic universality, open to human and non-human users. They generate user identities whether the users want them or not. They link actors, information, events across times and spaces, across scales and temporalities. They also have a distinctive political economy: they exist to the extent that they generate a platform surplus, where the value of the user information for the platform is greater than the cost of providing the platform to those users

Via McKenzie Wark On Benjamin Bratton’s The Stack for Public Seminar