This quote has long fascinated me, don't get me wrong though, I am no musician by any stretch of the imagination, one day I'll learn a musical instrument I guess? But it, the quote, often makes me wonder about my own photography and music, not to mention photography generally.
Everyone can 'listen' to a song, but how many really 'hear' it. Many people can play musical instruments, sing, but how many can write a song, a good one I mean. One that captures people's imaginations, the public consciousness, sticks in history as a memorable moment time or place?
The same applies I feel to photography, even more so now that digital has become so pervasive.
What makes a song or piece of music special?
What makes a photograph special then? How does one create an image that resonates at as many levels as possible, is there even a formula? Does it all matter in the end? Is there a connection between the two music and photography?
Does this image make any sound/s?
Number 002.0945, Comes from Humphrey B. Flaubert, of T.I.S.M
"The answer that makes me sound good is that we desired to circumvent the cult of personality that is inherent in rock music by choosing to remain anonymous. Unlike every other band in rock we chose to be anonymous. The answer that makes me sound good would probably also incorporate some lengthy discussion about Brechtian alienation techniques, about our post modernist grasp of ever cooling universe, and a dehumanizing society encapsulated in the somewhat paramilitary aspect of our clothing. All of those things would make me sound good, but actually we’re really boring guys.
God I love those guys!
Whoever wrote the Wiki entry knows plenty about them too, actually the style of the entry suggests, it is written by one of the band members.
A big thanks to digiboy for the heads-up, good luck in your search for their music, I've stumbled on some rarities in my travels, which you are more than welcome to. It's nice to see someone interested in them and poking around on the net looking for them, I know of at least one mailing list that exists, but whew it was hard work and I have long since moved from mailing lists to news feeds as a source of info.
Tom Waits is about to release a new album in November, according to Anti-Records, WOOT!
Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards is a wide-ranging collection of 54 songs - including 30 new recordings – equaling over three hours of rare and never-before heard music. The set comes complete with a 94-page booklet.
Each of the three CDs is separately grouped and sub-titled – ‘Brawlers’, ‘Bawlers’ and ‘Bastards’ – to capture the full spectrum of Waits’ ranging and roving musical styles. ‘Brawlers’ is chock full of raucous blues and full-throated juke joint stomp; ‘Bawlers’ comprises Celtic and country ballads, waltzes, lullabies, piano and classic lyrical Waits’ songs while ‘Bastards’ is filled with experimental music and strange tales.
In addition to the new work, Orphans features a number of songs originally recorded for the cinema, the theatre and other projects but which now find a home on a Waits’ album for the first time. They include his unique interpretations of songs by such extraordinarily diverse talents as The Ramones, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht, Leadbelly, Sparklehorse, Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac.
"Orphans are rough and tender tunes. Rhumbas about mermaids, shuffles about trainwrecks, tarantellas about insects, madrigrals about drowning,” says Waits. “Scared, mean orphan songs of rapture and melancholy. Songs that grew up hard. Songs of dubious origin rescued from cruel fate".
Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards (Anti Records) is Waits’ first release since 2004’s much-lauded Real Gone. The album was written and produced by Waits with his wife and long-time collaborator Kathleen Brennan and is released on Tuesday 21th November 2006.
Next week is the beginning of Folio assessment at work, this is how I stay sane, by leaning on the fence and just staring out into the distance.
Well I missed this Letterman Show, never watch it actually, I personally know of nobody who normally watches it, otherwise I would asked them to have taped it.
Also a YouTube Video of the interview between Tom Waits and David Letterman.
Born in 1969, Isabelle Hayeur lives and works in Montreal. She completed a BFA in 1996 and a MFA in 2002 at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Since the late 1990s, she has been known for her large-format digital montages and her site-specific installations while she also produced public art works, videos and net art projects
Also, here is a bad interview by some one who doesn't REALLY appreciate Tom Wait's music. Either that or they just edited it poorly. I have to confess, I've talked about music and art in the past, if I WAS to align myself with a musician Tom Waits would probably come in first, followed by TISM.
Not sure if listing TISM is a good thing though?
...but not in Australia!
Let's see if we can change that.
Also found this neat application for my iPod touch, that may serve some pupose, we'll see?
For those of you who know me, this is the one weekend of the year where, my music collection and DVD collection, [meagre as it is] all gets a hammering.
Try it sometime folks, see if you can go 3 or 4 days without TV Radio or newspapers, it's hard. But with applications like iTunes, it gets easier. The proliferation of content out there also means I will have no shortage of entertainment for the coming days, too.
Of course being the end of the month means, if I've been careful earlier in the month I can go crazy and download as much as I feel I'll need.
All this has me reflecting on how I organise this stuff now and in the past, iTunes has had a major impact on it of course. But prior to the internet, how did I do it? How did you do it, or did you never go into media lock down for 3 or 4 days straight?
Organising my iTunes stuff, has gotten simpler as Apple improves the interface and functionality and my understanding of how iTunes worked has grown. Now with the genius bar in iTunes and my iLike side bar that interface has become very cluttered, but still given the amount of information I want to try and keep organised I reckon it, iTunes, does it in a pretty elegant and intuitive way.
*This year I'm hoping to beat my record and go until at least Monday or Tuesday without knowing who has won.
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