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Shirky: “50 Years Of Chaos” Ahead In Digital Media

“I am predicting 50 years of chaos,” says digital media thinker Clay Shirky. He’s been speaking at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Global conference in Oxford, UK. Story here. Sounds about right, though I’d guess it could be 50 … Continue reading

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What Songs Mean

“How much of this was I thinking about when I wrote the song? None of it…. How much of it was I feeling when I wrote the song? All of it.” Bruce Springsteen after a long explanation of the meaning … Continue reading

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I Want Less And I’m Willing To Pay For It

Recently I wrote an article on Flow and musical instrument design, arguing that too many electronic musical instruments disrupt creative flow because their interfaces are poor and they emphasize features instead of user experience. It came out of work done … Continue reading

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Bungee Jumping With Technology

“When we try a new technology, the technology changes us. This pattern apparently goes back to the invention of agriculture, which led us to start living in cities (to store & trade crops), to invent writing (for tracking transactions) and… … Continue reading

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How We Went From Nowhere To Track Of The Day On Garageband.com

“Last week, as an experiment, I uploaded to garageband.com a song by an independent country artist whose CD I produced. Given that there are thousands of artists on the site, I assumed that not much was likely to happen, but … Continue reading

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