Ways of Hearing

Ways of Hearing

author: Damon Krukowski

name: Steev

average rating: 3.79

book published:

rating: 5

read at:

date added: 2019/06/09

shelves: art, politics, own-it

review:
This is a really great book. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to get it and read it ASAP. But YMMV. I'm a sound/noise/music/art guy, so am definitely biased.

Anyway, it's about way more than sound and music. It's about what the internet and the digital world we're in now has done to us and our culture and our society.

The design of the book reminds me of McLuhan's The Medium is the Massage. The title is a nod to John Berger, and the book does a good job of aspiring to, but isn't quite get up to the level of, Berger's perspective-shifting book Ways of Seeing. But almost.

Highly recommended to anyone with similar obsessions to my own.

Breaking Bank

Breaking Bank

author: Jacobin

name: Steev

average rating: 3.56

book published:

rating: 3

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date added: 2019/05/10

shelves: own-it, politics

review:
I suppose it's important, but the deep dive into the financial sector is really pretty dry.
I see that somebody has to be understanding and working at that level, but it was a hard slog getting through a lot of this. And for the most part the basic message was continuous throughout, and already well-known: finance capitalism sucks, is totally out of control, and needs to be reined in, and nothing has really been accomplished toward that end even in the wake of the 2008 crisis. I guess it's good to be reminded.

Childhood (Jacobin #30)

Childhood (Jacobin #30)

author: Jacobin

name: Steev

average rating: 3.83

book published:

rating: 5

read at: 2019/04/25

date added: 2019/04/25

shelves: children, politics, own-it

review:
As a parent and as a leftist this is so good to read. Depressing in many ways, but good that there's this kind of analysis of kid-related politics.

Autonomous

Autonomous

author: Annalee Newitz

name: Steev

average rating: 3.73

book published: 2017

rating: 4

read at: 2019/04/13

date added: 2019/04/13

shelves: fun, novels, own-it

review:
Mixed feelings about this book. It brings up a lot of super interesting issues and builds a fascinating future world. However, the simplistic and largely unearned character development and dialogue and human interaction, plus all the overt exposition isn't really my cup of tea, to put it generously, or to be more critical, those things make the book feel like a clumsy YA novel. Or maybe that's just how genre SF is and I never really noticed before? Or forgot?

I've been reading Newitz's journalism for about 20 years (or at least it seems that way) and I'm certain she's smart and knowledgeable. But she's got a ways to go before her fiction is something I'd consider literature.

Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn

author: Jonathan Lethem

name: Steev

average rating: 3.91

book published: 1999

rating: 5

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date added: 2019/03/10

shelves: crime, novels, own-it

review:
This is great. Lethem is so consistently great and I don't know why I never read this sooner.
I love that the narrator has Tourette's. Is there any precedent for that? It's a great, at least to me, realistic take on OCD, from the inside.

Confirmation Bias live at MOCA Tucson

April 25, 2018, as part of the Tucson Noise Symposium.

Confirmation Bias is Igloo Martian (drums, electronics) and Steev Hise (guitars, mutant banjo, electronics)

Cast: steev hise

Tags: music, free improvisation, experimental music, free jazz, avant garde and noise

Moments from the 2017 Tucson Noise Symposium

In April 2017 the first Tucson Noise Symposium was held, featuring dozens of performances and talks and discussions. This is some brief glimpses.
More info can be had at phonophilia.com/tns

Cast: steev hise

Tags: noise, tucson, avant garde, festival, music, experimental, art and performance

Meet Confirmation Bias

Some moments from rehearsals of the new duo Confirmation Bias, featuring Steev Hise and Igloo Martian

Cast: steev hise

Tags: music, avant garde, noise and free improv

Short Hey Bucko! Demo

Just a brief clip to give an idea what a Hey Bucko! gig is like when I'm doing visuals for them.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: music, band, video art, western, tucson, live cinema, live visuals and vj

Igloo Martian live outside of 191 Toole, Tucson, 2017 04 06

This clip starts not quite at the beginning of the perforance, in which Igloo was banging a big piece of plastic (looked kind of like a slide from a kids playground) on the pavement out in the parking lot. This happened as part of the Tucson Noise Symposium, during the show inside the venue.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: performance art, noise, experimental music, sound, loud and bikes

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