Category: <span>Opinion</span>

Strategies for different listening

We live in times of abundance. Too much music available, too many choices to be made. However, abundance doesn’t equal diversity. Most people only listen to what they know already. Not a problem per se, but we also live in times where curiosity is actively being discouraged, not fitting into the business model of the…


Should we cancel Morrissey?

  Morrissey is an asshole. If he still made good music, I would listen (to him). He doesn’t.  


The last music collector

Last night, at 19:08 Central European Time, the last music collector died, suddenly and silently, sitting in front of his computer, not doing anything in particular. His collection encompassed 5.127.391 different albums, and yet he left none of it to his wife and 3 children (2 girls and a boy, aged 19, 15 and 13)….


Make Charlie Darwin proud again!

Charlie Darwin, remember him? Came up with evolution theory, and no, that’s not just an opinion. Well established theories are far more than just opinions. Evolution starts with variation; having a big enough (gene) pool to select from. Without variation evolutionary progress will eventually come to a halt. Why’s this important. Well, because, in the…


The end of the world as we know it…

I’m telling you, there is big money right in front of you, and you’re not seeing it, too caught up in flicking through your social media contacts, which is kinda ironic. Did you know that the visual image of The Internet, as imagined and portrayed by Google’s Artificial Intelligence engine, is something that closely resembles…


The soul of the party

There is a party. Everyone is there. Country music is filling the room, but the singer sounds young, female, and is singing in French, sigh-singing in the best French pedophile tradition. It must be an intellectual party; artists and their entourage. It must be that kind of place. Who is  appropriated in this context: country…


The syllogism of musical identity

People’s sense of identity is very closely related to the music they likePeople stop listening to new (categories of) music after the age of 33 It can therefore be argued that the identity formation process gradually slows down and almost completely stops after the age of 33. This crude syllogism of (musical) identity bothers me….


A character analysis in mix tapes

A mix tape, even in its modern playlist equivalent, is a multidimensional carrier of information. It contains information about its creator, the person it is created for, and at least the relationship between those two. Safe to assume that most mix tapes are created by men, to further a romantic cause and on surface level…


Guantanomo Blues

A couple of years ago, at the height of ISIS sponsored terrorism, I toyed with the idea of creating a playlist that would maximally insult the religious fundamentalists. It never got off the ground; in the end I didn’t find the idea of insulting people that appealing. And so I abandoned the project, but not…


Is it Jazz, is it Afrobeat, is it world music?

The record store owner frowned at me when I asked him where he kept Fela Kuti, under ‘Jazz’ or ‘World Music’. I already assumed he wouldn’t have ‘Afrobeat’ as a separate category or awared Fela Kuti his own, private entry. For a moment I saw him searching for the right words and then he said…


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