Marc Weidenbaum of Disquiet recently wrote a blurb about Acousmata as an example of a "PhD blog." Marc's note was thought-provoking in its examination of the relationship between blogging and academic research. I suppose that, in my case, blogging is actually inversely related to my academic work, providing as it does a forum for public and short-as-I-like musings on whatever I happen to be interested in that day. (Truthfully, the act of getting the music "out there," given the obscurity of much of the stuff I work with, is as important to me as the writing itself.) Then there's the question of what exactly holds a blog together. Marc's comment that Acousmata seems "untethered to anything other than the author's ongoing (self)education and unearthings" is quite true by design, but I do hope the blog has a certain underlying coherence by virtue of my persistent thematic interests.