Acousmata as "PhD blog"
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.
Jesse Kudler's recent sound installation in the SEPTA pedestrian concourse underneath Center City Philadelphia was written up by Elliott Sharp in the "Make Major Moves" blog of the independent newspaper Philadelphia Weekly--check it out!
It was a great experience organizing and taking part in this event with Jesse. Here's hoping it was the first of many such undertakings in experimental public art.