Prior to a scheduled autumn print publication in the Passages anthology, The Tideline is now live for free viewing on NewMyths.com. Feel free to read it here and if you’re so inclined to vote for it in the online poll here.
My short story The Tideline is published in issue 43 of NewMyths.com
The tideline is a liminal place where land meets sea and imagination meets memory. For those who walk it, it’s a place of storms, of beginnings and endings, a place to lose yourself and find yourself.
If you were a microphone/camera gifted with free flight, and were also imbued with empathy and reflexivity, you could on each orbital flight appreciate the physical and natural wonders of the atmosphere, not forgetting human communications technology. As you soared you would also be open to the metaphysical and spiritual realms that are within your orbit.
#Ambient #Neo-classical #alt.classical #Classical # Electronic #Space music #Berlin School #Electronica #New Age
Oh yeah, it makes me come over all nostalgic: artists manning the digital barricades against the nouveau-imperialistic arrogance of the likes of Google and Amazon. Roll on the revolution, again. And don’t take no bull from the man.
I’ve set up a direct purchase link for Spirits of Place & Time on RouteNote for those who don’t like to contribute to the profit margins of iTunes, Amazon and the other usual suspects. PayPal is the purchase method.
Science has (again) caught up with what we knew all along. Listening to low-quality compressed music is not good for you. Specifically a study by the Audio Engineering Society on the effects of lossy compression on the ‘timbre spaces’ of a variety of instruments has found that listening to low bit-rate bilge boosts negative emotions (scary, sad etc) and kicks the legs from underneath positive ones (happy, calm, heroic etc).
Sounds like a good reason to keep your inner emo under control and go for FLAC or insist on 320kbps downloads.
Heads up to the good people at gear4music.com whose news section alerted me to The Grauniad’s piece on how music beats all those tedious “brain training” apps and software.
The piece talks about software companies having their asses sued for being economical with the truth about their products boosting brain power. Hmm, wonder if the TrumpistaBrexiteers have been investing in such software?
On similar lines 9 Ways Learning An Instrument Strengthens Your Brain spells out in detail the benefits for all – from babies to those recovering from stroke, from multi-taskers to mindful individualists.
Bottom line: playing and learning to play musical instruments produces long-lasting cognitive grooviness in the brain. Tune on, tune up and get jamming.