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If Music Be... [Sep. 15th, 2014|02:21 pm]
Tony Grist
How can music exist in a cloud? No, it's far too mystical for me. Give me something I can hold.

I was reading a piece by Douglas Coupland the other day. He says that those of us who grew up before there was an internet have our brains configured one way and those who grew up in the internet age have theirs configured in another. That's just the way it is. Us oldsters are capable of re-programming ourselves but we can't forget how things were. As Coupland puts it, we will always miss our pre-internet brains.

So, no, I don't have music on my computer. I have music boxed in jewel cases- on a shelf.

I was listening to a disc of Vivaldi's Four Seasons while I made lunch. There's a tune in there that was used by the BBC in the set of plays about Casanova that Denis Potter wrote for them in the early 70s. I can't hear it without seeing Frank Finlay chasing girls in pannier skirts.  It goes dum-dee-dum dum, dum dee dum dum.

I wrote "chasing", but what I really meant was "bonking". 

[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-09-16 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm a very digital bunny. I've been known to buy CDs and the like, but, having moved around quite a few times, I've less than zero desire to accumulate for physical objects unless they're warranted - a lens qualifies, but music and comics don't, unless there's something unique, viz last entry. =:)

The benefits, of course, are significant - digital comics are cheaper, and don't involve growing trees just to be felled, processed, and shipped around the planet. Even the few CDs I have are only read once, to extract their data, thereafter held on the local network, and probably the iPad and Hazel.

The gains are noticeable enough with music, but for an extreme example, consider Grzimek's Superlative Animal Life Encyclopedia: in print, some 17 hefty volumes. Digitally, under 1GB, out of the iPad's 128GB. It's fairly wonderful. ^_^

Appropriately enough, I'm composing this to Studio Killers' recent live set at a Finnish festival, made available by them purely as a Kickstarter backer download, though they will be sending out signed DVDs. A virtual band makes it into RL - much as I intend to bring my SL self into RL. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-09-17 09:10 am (UTC)
I like to survey my jewel cases- all neatly arrayed on their shelves and rub my hands together and go "Precioussss".
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