Curating The Week: Music-Related Stuff On The Internet


1. An interview with poetry critic Henlen Vendler.

“I believe that poems are a score for performance by the reader, and that you become the speaking voice. You don’t read or overhear the voice in the poem, you are the voice in the poem. You stand behind the words and speak them as your own—so that it is a very different form of reading from what you might do in a novel where a character is telling the story, where the speaking voice is usurped by a fictional person to whom you listen as the novel unfolds.”

“I write to explain things to myself.”

2. An article by Leon Wieseltier about the place of the humanities and the unquantified self in a technology-saturated world.

“The machines may be more neutral about their uses than the propagandists and the advertisers want us to believe. We can leave aside the ideology of digitality and its aggressions, and regard the devices as simply new means for old ends. Tradition ‘travels’ in many ways. It has already flourished in many technologies — but only when its flourishing has been the objective.”

3. A short documentary about the DJ-producer Harry Rodrigues (he of “Harlem Shake” fame) as a field recordist traveling in search of sounds to sample and remix.

“I just knew that I wanted to do a project where I could go record sounds myself and try capture the rarest, craziest sounds and build the ultimate sample pack. That’s how the idea started.”

“I’ve been using those sounds and totally transforming them, transposing them. Taking one thing and making it totally different. It’s just cool to be able to use these new sounds and transform one thing into another.”