Critic and cultural commentator Paul Morley returns to the Basing Street Studios, home to Island Records and then his own ZTT label. Paul attempts to find out what it was about this particular space that led to some of the most memorable recordings of the 70s and 80s.
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Eisenberg’s a clever and funny writer of features for The Atlantic and The New Yorker. His book is not a history – its an eccentric, anecdotal excursion into the psychology, economics and aesthetics of recorded music and what’s fascinating is that it barely grazes the digital era and serves as a reminder that making a permanent record of the experience of music was awkward and controversial long before the CD and the MP3.
Frozen Music — Goethe said, “Architecture is frozen music.” I like that. Of course that was before audio recording, so now, for the most part, music is frozen music. It’s only very recently in the history of music that we’ve been able to freeze music into an object.
cofounder of the KLF gives 130 years of music industry history and explains why music’s future might depend on not recording it (via @gnat, on trust)