A few articles that I’ve found interesting this week.
- Did a rapid desertification 6,500 years ago destroy the first Chinese kingdom? I hadn’t come across Hongshan before (an old chiefdom with considerable organisation as opposed to e.g. the Banpo we saw in Xi’an). Does thisÂ explain some of the Chinese love for jade.
- The fat man’s belly – great read on Hainan.
- Why do all records sound the same? – Filling in those annoying gaps in ProTools.
â€œMusicians are inherently lazy,â€ says John. â€œIf thereâ€™s an easier way of doing something than actually playing, theyâ€™ll do that.â€ A band might jam together for a bit, then spend hours or days choosing the best bits and pasting a track together. All music is adopting the methods of dance music, of arranging repetitive loops on a grid. With the structure of the song mapped out in coloured boxes on screen, thereâ€™s a huge temptation to fill in the gaps, add bits and generally clutter up the sound.
- Ten neglected classics – a good book-related exercise to do more regularly, I think. I’d only read one of them, and think there are some good options there.