Robert’s Newsletter, 12/03/21

collected from rambling across the internet and my bookshelves.

VIDEO TECH CORNER.

PIXAR Deep history, here’s the story of the guy the guys who ran Pixar looked up to, in Wired.

MUSIC.

@0 This is a cool new ambient compilation done by the guys that run Ninja Tune. @0 comp on BandcampAnd on Apple Music Includes a “mix cd” version by chill-out room king Mixmaster Morris. This is a spiritual successor to the NTONE sub-label comp from back in ’95  Earthrise.Ntone.1; that one is out of print and not on any streaming services but CDs are cheap, it’s not rare.

Tad You remember Nirvana, you remember Soundgarden…but do you remember TAD? (Yes, I know you do.) Here’s a fun excerpt from what looks like it will be a great book about “heavy music.”

lofiatc If you want something that is free and different every single time you listen, here is a mix of low-fi hip-hop mixed with live air traffic control radio. We’ll start with EWR

Nirvana There is always more about Nirvana. Longtime Nirvana Sound Engineer Craig Montgomery Shares Stories About the Band: There Was Lots of Laughing. Those Guys Were Hilarious – American Songwriter

SPACE.

Fractional Orbital Bombardment System What? You wanted to read about actual space weapons devised by the USSR during the 70s? Here is a PDF of a research journal called “QUEST QUARTERLY” from 21 years ago that dug in deep on that as the archives finally opened. 

CONSUMER CORNER.

Verizon is running the deal where you can trade in basically anything and get $650 off a new iPhone 13/13 Pro so if you have anything that needs upgrading it’s a good time to do it again. 

PRINT.

NON FICTION

ALL THE SHAH’S MEN If you feel like you want to get a better idea of why Iran is the way it is today, this is a great place to start. Written in 2008, this is a very readable history of Iran, with a focus on the early and mid 20th century. The U.K. completely screwed them over. We didn’t help a lot either. All the Shah’s Men by Stephen Kinzer

FICTION

TEMPORARY This was the best book I have read about what it’s like to work today. It’s funny, surreal, and really gets to the sense many of us have of being kept perpetually outside of the throne room. Temporary by Hilary Leichter

THANKS FOR READING!

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IFC has compiled a list of “films centering on Black experiences that have been made available to stream for free…”. So many amazing films in this list!

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Here’s an interview I cut w/ @hari & artist @jrart covering some of the work JR’s done recently. He connected from his studio in Paris and spoke about that TIME cover and his work on sites – and virtual – in the US.

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Last week I edited this interview between @walterisaacson and @sarahelizalewis which gives an interesting perspective on the current lack of visual documentary…in the context of the history of photography during other times of crisis.

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Attention home-bound musicians (ie all of us right now): @Ableton has made downloads of “Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers” free. I love this book. Don’t snooze. Download links here.

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We’ve got more good ones coming, and this is a great time to dig through our archive. One of my favorites is this interview with Ahmed Albasheer, who has a show sort of like the Daily Show, in Iraq. Watch here:

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Walter Isaacson chatted with Anthony Monaco, president of Tufts University, about the challenges and opportunities for educational institutions. Watch here:

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Hari Sreenivasan interviewed Nicholas Christakis, a sociologist and physician, who discussed historical precedents, and how ideas spread and what that means for us now. Watch it here: