The FutureSequence netlabel just released SEQUENCE6, the latest in their series of mammoth ambient/experimental music compilations. Like the other five installments, this one has about 40 tracks of new music and yet is free to stream or download.
I haven’t listened to SEQUENCE6 yet — it’s still downloading — but its predecessors have been superb. If you have any interest in ambient music, I highly recommend the whole series. (Don’t let the word “experimental” faze you: the vibe of this series has not been harsh or overly noisy.)
Featuring 40 tracks from experimental artists from around the world, SEQUENCE6 is a more experimental album than its predecessors, pushing into darker more inquisitive environments and making it harder to pin down into one particular genre. With over 160 track submissions, curatorially we’ve been even tougher than ever in our selections - again, pushing this edition to be even better than the last, and represent the sheer volume and breadth of great experimental music out there.
As ever, tracks from established artists are juxtaposed with those of emerging artists. One of the best things with the submission process is being exposed to new music each time, discovering new artists whose work you can fall in love with, there are a few artists this time who I would like to work with on individual releases. The element of discovery continues to be the main driver for the series, and we hope the listener enjoys the same experience.
New bracelet — I found it lying in the street. It’s some kind of gasket (non-space-shuttle)
"Immature people falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a prison. Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages. And when love flows with freedom there is beauty. When love flows with dependence there is ugliness.
A mature person does not fall in love, he or she rises in love. Only immature people fall; they stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they were managing and standing. Now they cannot manage and they cannot stand. They were always ready to fall on the ground and to creep. They don’t have the backbone, the spine; they don’t have the integrity to stand alone.
A mature person has the integrity to stand alone. And when a mature person gives love, he or she gives without any strings attached to it. When two mature persons are in love, one of the great paradoxes of life happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena: they are together and yet tremendously alone. They are together so much that they are almost one. Two mature persons in love help each other to become more free. There is no politics involved, no diplomacy, no effort to dominate. Only freedom and love."
"Speaking of sunsets,
last night’s was shocking.
I mean, sunsets aren’t supposed to frighten you, are they?
Well, this one was terrifying.
Sure, it was beautiful, but far too beautiful.
It wasn’t natural.
One climax followed another and then another
until your knees went weak
and you couldn’t breathe.
The colors were definitely not of this world,
peaches dripping opium,
pandemonium of tangerines,
inferno of irises,
all swirling and churning, swabbing,
like it was playing with us,
like we were nothing,
as if our whole lives were a preparation for this,
this for which nothing could have prepared us
and for which we could not have been less prepared.
The mockery of it all stung us bitterly.
And when it was finally over
we whimpered and cried and howled.
And then the streetlights came on as always
and we looked into one another’s eyes—
ancient caves with still pools
and those little transparent fish
who have never seen even one ray of light.
And the calm that returned to us
was not even our own."
“Never Again The Same”, by James Tate
interesting OKCupid question I just answered
Q: Do you believe in some kind of a spiritual, cosmic force outside the realm of most modern religion?
A: I believe in spiritual forces, and in cosmic forces, but I don’t believe there’s any overlap. Spirit and mind are emergent properties of our brains, and in our brains they stay. Or so I’ll believe until there’s enough evidence :)
WSJ reports Yahoo board has approved a $1.1 billion deal — in cash — to purchase Tumblr.
There it is.
it’s the beginning of the end
Ugh. So does anyone have a place where we can migrate too once Tumblr starts going down the shitter?
No matter how hard they try to come off as though money isn’t an issue as Karp did in the beginning when he refused to use ads, they all fold in the end. I’m not going to act like I know what this means for tumblr, but if the history of social networking sites is an indication, most if not all of them go to shit. If that’s the case, we definitely had a long run.
Ugh. I’d be unhappy about any big player buying tumblr, but Yahoo has by far the most dismal track record with acquisitions (anyone remember del.icio.us, and how great it was in 2006?) On the other hand, they’ve been so thoroughly ridiculed for this that they might experience a new dedication to actually keeping a site running and updated.
(But at least Yahoo doesn’t have an existing major social network they’d try to shoehorn tumblr into; that would be a disaster too.)