The books we are reading


#144

I mean, there are really famous books where I always skip certain parts. I mentioned recently somewhere on the forum when I re-read Return of the King I usually skip most of the Dead Marshes with Frodo, Sam and Golem because its just unreadable.


#145

“Capital and ideology” by Piketty (2020). A bit short (well, if you can say that about a book with over 1000 pages, not counting the appendix) on the ideology part, and instead a lot of letters are spent on his vision of a “participatory socialism” and describing developments like highly educated individuals switching to left-wing parties and those mostly abandoning projects of progressive redistribution, but a well-informed and interesting work for sure.


#146

Ordered “#me too by lori perkins” and “we too”…

I hope that these books are accounts of personal experiences rather than existential philosophical dissertation…because accounts of personal experience are more concrete and insightful. If these books arent what i think they are then whatever.


#147

Started reading the metoo book…edited by lori perkins…its different essays by men and women on the subject. Some are accounts of personal experiences other essays are opinion essays.

Interesting read…somewhat…it isnt all existential manifesto philosophy which is good…this book is somewhat concrete.


#148

Finished the metoo and started reading we too…

We too seems to go deeper and talks about the issue more in depth being as it talks more frankly and focuses on those in the sex industry.

I think the we too book will do a better job at destroying paradigms than the me too book that ive read.


#149

A HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC
by Donald Jay Grout

College text book that I remembered enjoying. Time to read it again with a perspective that reaches back into the last Century.

Weird ironic thing is … I forgot that so much of the first few chapters talks about the Black Plague

“ plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr


#150

Omg hood feminism…i cannot take all the political lingo. This is a turn off. I was expecting less mention of social media and media misinformation propaganda rhetoric.

Some things i just question because in its arguements it criticizes lena dunham as not being feminist enough. It does criticize some aspects of feminism like how it ignores minorities. It is a wierd book.

However it does discuss different issues.

So far id say its challenging but it also falls short of my expectations in some aspects. Will continue reading…despite the political lingo.

Im Reading hood feminism and wetoo bit by bit. So eventually ill finish the books.

Honestly though i feel like hood feminism was written for a certain demographic. The more i read the more it falls short of my expectations.


#151

I came crawling back to python after all and made my way through this in just a few days. Finally seeing some actual progress after a lot of bouncing back and forth feels way better than just dicking around :+1:


#152

Just out of curiosity besides it not using political lingo and it not making an analysis of media what other expectations did you have of it? Most books like this are written for a specific audience, so it doesn’t surprise me you are picking up on that. Is it too academic and not accessible enough? I read Penguin/Random House’s bio of the author and she seems to fit right in that pop-academic pocket.


#153

Its not academic enough…and too pop culturey…

The book does have it positives like when it talks about concrete issues on a personal level…but there are some glaring negativies.

I mean no offense but i feel like the book is made for the false characture that fox news makes some democrats out to be. To put it nicely.


#154

No man, that’s cool. I thought maybe something along those lines was what you meant but then some of the things you said made me think the another way. As I said, this really seems like the “pop academic” kinda stuff that NPR wine and cheese snobs like to talk about at a cocktail party to make sure everyone knows how woke they are lol.


#155

The wetoo book i like better because it shares peoples experiences aka some of the peoples horror stories…its difficult to read because of how dark it is but at the same time these horror stories… i cant put it into coherent words…but i think that its an important read from what iv read so far.

Edit.
Its like a lesson about the importance of why we should be and how we can be better humans.


#156

I’ve been slowly working my way through Curtis Roads’ Composing Electronic Music. The history he includes is fascinating, but some of the more technical / mathematical topics go over my head


#157

I may have to check that out. Does he cover topics like Dub (not dubstep, but rather proper Dub Reggae) and Dance music?


#158

It’s not so much of a ‘how to’ or genre specific book, it mostly goes over tools and methodologies of how electronic music was made in the past vs today. He goes over things like rhythmic processes and pitch analysis, usually referencing the early electronic composers (Stockhausen, Xenakis, Subotnick).

But now that you’ve mentioned it, looking into the development of electronic studio work for dub reggae would be a pretty cool topic


#159

Thanks for the info. That really sounds like it would mostly be over my head. Will probably get it from the Uni library in case so bail on it lol

I’ve cobbled together some knowledge about Dub Reggae but it’s been from a lot of varying sources.


#160

Nice one @Deep_Spank
You reminded me that I have a book titled “Electronic Music” by Allen Strange that I haven’t read since the early 80’s

On the Dedication page it says “To Frank and Pauline - The availability of a particular patch chord is inversely proportional to its need. - Anonymous “

Gotta put it in the nightstand now and check it out again…:sunglasses::sparkles:


#161

Nice, I’ve heard of that one, is it worth checking out?


#162

It’s a great Primer. The Preface ends with “… [this book] will discuss, in layman’s terms the techniques available to the electronic music composer of this decade.” The book was written in 1972.

The first half of the book discusses AC voltage, Waveshapes, Amplitude and Frequency Modulation, Control-Voltage, Gating, EQ, Filtering and Mixing.

The second half goes deeper into recording techniques, equipment in the studio and live performance techniques.

The author intentionally stays away from synthesizers available at the time, other than brief mentions of Buchla and the differences between patch chord verses hard wired assemblies.

Yeah… it’s a good book if you are looking for a solid foundation on the basics.


#163

Reading the Silmarillion rn… Read a few pages when I was much younger, but found it extremely boring and was disappointed that it was much more abstract than the The Lord of the Rings. For some reason I picked it up again. It’s a really strange work, like a mixture of fictitious historiography and fictitious ancient myths, woven together with a multitude of fictitious names (“A” is also called “B” by X, “C” by Y and “D” by Z). Not sure why but I kinda like it much better now. I think the stuff about the music of Iluvatar reminded me of the music-heavy Drakengard story by Yoko Taro (never played Drakengard but I read about it and watched some videos when I was crazy about NieR a while ago and liked the ideas).

I thought I knew quite a bit about ancient creation myths and I can see some relation to some early greek philosophical concepts, but I can’t think of a really ancient creation myth that starts the world with music. I’m sure some of you nerds know more about this, any help? :wink: