mediageekery

I am the mediageek, and these are the things that catch my interest.

johndarnielle:

seventyninerism:

GORGUTS, one of death metal’s most influential bands has returned! From their beginnings as one of the most-acclaimed bands in the genre’s first wave, through their growth into a unique and wildly-progressive entity, the Montreal-based quartet has cast a long shadow of influence over extreme metal that reverberates to this day. On their brand-new full-length ’Colored Sands’, their first new album in almost twelve years, the band (helmed by founder Luc Lemay) builds off the groundwork laid by its earth-shattering, genre-milestone ‘Obscura’ (’98). New tracks like “Forgotten Arrows” and “Absconders” showcase Lemay’s distinct playing and approach to composition, and prove that ‘Colored Sands’ is death metal of the highest order.

this is seriously the best album btw

theradius:

Radio Survivor, a news blog about radio’s present, past, and uncertain future, published a detailed article and interview on Radius by Paul Riismandel titled “Radius: An On-Air Exhibition Space for Transmission Art in Chicago”.

theradius:

Radio Survivor, a news blog about radio’s present, past, and uncertain future, published a detailed article and interview on Radius by Paul Riismandel titled “Radius: An On-Air Exhibition Space for Transmission Art in Chicago”.

A Shimmering Analog Memory: Artists' films in Pixelvision

I remember seeing the Pixelvision when I was a teenager. It was nestled in next to the Commodore 64s in the Toys R Us computer and electronics section. But I couldn’t spring for its $100 price tag on my minimum-wage budget. 

I forgot about it until I saw the Pixelvision sequence in Linklater’s “Slacker.” By then it was too late to find one easily, and too early to eBay one.

It wouldn’t be until 2001 that I would actually own my own camcorder. It is largely passé, if not obsolete, now. But way more hifi than the Pixelvision that I still kind of want.

 - Jenny and Paul Sell out #17: It's Got a Tang to It

My co-host Jenny Benevento just quit her job  and went to Disney World.  Listen to our podcast to find out why and get some inspiration to quit phoning it in and take control. 

Podcasting resurrected? We didn't know it died.

radiosurvivor:

Digital marketer Mitch Joel says that podcasting is about to be resurrected, and cites 5 podcasts that aid the cause.


We’re not sure it ever died. Just not everything lives up to tech industry hype right away.

Priceonomics Blog: The Essential Ran Prieur

priceonomics:

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This weekend, we noticed a decent amount of traffic coming to our article The Street Kids of San Francisco from the domain ranprieur.com. We decided to investigate this mystery site and boy were we glad we did. We found a site full of fascinating essays by Ran Prieur, an advocate of…

(Source: priceonomics)

“If anything, turning ourselves into miniature entrepreneurs only allows commercial values to infiltrate spaces that were previously free of them. All of a sudden, people I thought were my friends are trying to sell me shit. In any case, the rhetoric of authenticity is just a more insidious form of commercialism. David Foster Wallace saw this long before there was a Web: how, in an age when everybody’s hip to the pitch, the pitch simply disguises itself as an anti-pitch. Authenticity my ass; the pitch abides.”

—   "turning ourselves into miniature entrepreneurs only allows commercial values to infiltrate spaces that were previously free of them." The American Scholar: @FranzKafka - William Deresiewicz 

(via kenyatta)

cyruspireh: playing an instrument is a revolutionary act…

Boo! Sony ends production of all minidisc players

I was such a minidisc fan from 1997 - 2007. Best way to record digital audio without lugging around a PC, or spending more than a grand. Sure, you could find fault with the fidelity of Sony’s ATRAC compression, but to my ears it always beat out MP3. Most of Sony’s players had seriously good headphone amps that still rival iPhones, iPods and most smartphones out there. 

Alas, in the end it was hard to argue with 2, 8, 16 or more gigabytes of music in your pocket, compared with carrying around a pile of small discs, each with just 74 - 320 minutes of music on it. Once Zoom introduced their H2 portable digital audio recorder, that was the day that I left poor old minidisc for good.