Everywhere and Nowhere
I’m not a writer. I’m bad at it. Writing.
Combine this with a large (physically) melon full of goofy ideas, and, well, you get this site. Half journal, half audio gear reports (using ‘report’ very loosely here), with some other nonsense mixed in. Hopefully, some good music too. I’ve said it a lot, but, in the end, it’s only about music and what it means to me. What I think it means for us. Building a lovely hifi represents the idea of embracing slowness (I don’t mean dullness), and of engaging with the music on another level. And then sharing that experience with your people. I’m leaning back against the hyper-energized, everythingallthetimedanceparty our mainstream culture has become.
You might think it’s simply because I’m old. I am. Not young, anyway. It was always like this. Just ask those who were once my friends. Once We Were…that will be the title of my imaginary bands first record. Anyway. I hate that people can’t do things without filming it. Yes, I understand the irony. Maybe we have a responsibility to try and counter all the thoughtless garbage and personal brand ads disguised as pensive moments on social media with something else. Arrogant? No, I don’t believe I’m illuminating your dark days with wisdom. It’s the intent behind the thing.
Once I saw that a few of you read (thank you) my posts, I naturally shifted my focus – I consciously, and subconsciously, started writing something I thought you wanted to read. Very common – we tend to act differently when people are watching. Wish I was better at being unaffected.
Do what you want. Do it well. And, not for some imagined audience.
Be a better human. Don’t broadcast it.
Me, I’m getting deeper in to the vintage audio projects. There is something about the idea of authenticity here…not sure yet. Working on it. New crossovers for the Altecs. Big, external XO’s. Nerdy goodness. A new amp build using a legendary tube – the 45. Matt at Toolshed Amps is burning it in as I write this. I will be writing quite a bit about these in the coming months.
I’m doing the projects because I want to – it connects me to the music in a good way. And, it will play music the way I’d like to hear it. I’m writing about it, because I want more people to see that our technological progress – specifically that smaller and more powerful don’t necessarily equate to better quality. We’re not living in the past here…I like the new stuff too – I’ve got some fancy new tech here, but I’m fascinated by the history.
There are plenty of people highlighting the latest and greatest. I follow a handful excellent audio sites driven by skilled writers and listeners. There’s a lot of new audio gear out there. That’s even before you get to personal audio – headphones and headphone amps. Astonishing amount of product on the market. I’m focusing on the other stuff most of us discarded and a few of us are currently enjoying. Again, because I prefer it, and because it’s freakin’ cool.
Music is too important and more folks should engage with it. Not like me. No. Do it your way.
We were at the Band of Horses show in Tucson recently, and there were several young girls to our left who were dancing and holding their phones up the entire time. Silly me, I thought they were filming Ben Bridwell and Co….nope. That would be annoying enough, our view being littered with phones. No. These girls spent the entire time recording themselves dancing. This was not the first time I’ve experienced the self-absorbed, narcissist jam. But this was the first time it really hit me. They could be anywhere….and are nowhere.
I’ve purchased a bunch of music on Bandcamp over the years, but have yet to tap it’s true potential for discovering great independent music. Inspired by Michael Lavorgna at Audiostream.com, I’m shopping on Bandcamp.com today…100% of their proceeds go to supporting Trans Rights.