Tag: Brian Eno

If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears, does it make a sound?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? With cameras, microphones and speakers everywhere, and our uncontrollable urge to record and share everything, the question almost becomes irrelevant. Silence is not sexy. Much like introversion it is at best ignored, more often unappreciated. Not a value…


Missed Opportunities

One of John Lennon’s many contributions to everyday philosophy is his observation that ‘life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’. It crossed my mind when I read Glen Matlock’s affectionate words in a Pete Shelley obituary. Talking about the brilliance of the Buzzcocks and taking the time to go to…


Fantasy Football

If the land of music existed, which team would it send to the World Cup Football? Which players would be selected for which positions? Who would be their coach and what type of system would they play? Endless variations are possible, all with their distinct advantages and disadvantages. Numerous decisions have to be made, and…


Music for Airports

It happened to the iPhone, it happened to Facebook, and now the headphone is the next victim. Good old headphone, to be worn at all times, with or without music, you were hip once but now you’ve suddenly left the orbit of youth culture and entered the domain of old people. When people of a…


Ghost in the machine

When I was 17 I read Arthur Koestler’s ‘Ghost in the machine’ (1967). I didn’t understand half of the book, but it still left a big impression.Taking the relationship between mind and body as a starting point, Koestler tries to explain why people have a tendency towards (self-)destruction. According to him it all boils down…


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