john cage on dependency

Branca has to have Branca. Laurie Anderson has to have Laurie Anderson.

My music is quite different; I don't have to be present.

Wim Mertens:
There has been a time in which composers wanted to as stay close to their music as possible.

John Cage:
Like the music of the Middle Ages, that's what these people are like.

It's a return to the Middle Ages but with the use of modern technology.
In fact, it's the modern technology that makes it Moyen Âge, because they make circuits upon which they become habitually dependent.

If the circuits don't function, the music collapses.

It's very different from writing music that can be used by a stranger, someone you don't know.

From A Dip in the Lake, 1982


visualisations of imbalance

Martin Rowson, in the Guardian:

From Moiz Syed's Israeli/Palestinian Coffin Counter:


from web to newsprint

A really nice post from Ben Terrett about the process of compiling interesting articles from the web and turning it into a newspaper, thanks to News of the World (I didn't know they'd let you do short print runs. Of course you'd have to choose a newspaper that didn't make you feel dirty about it).

A gorgeous, out-of-print piece.



It seems that every time I turn on the tv, Dossier is on. I love it. It's worth watching for the intro credits, massive world map and Walter Martínez' charismatic dissection of world politics. I don't understand so much, but they dub Obama's speeches with a slight time-lapse so I'm slowly catching on.

Dossier was off the air for 3 years, but came back in September.

Here he is in action: