Monthly Archives: April 2014

Improvement

detail - improvement song piece copy

Improvement is here if interested. Edition of 75 and most are still in my possession. Only shown once, in Space 47, in San Jose, CA. If you need one for your collection, they go for thirty-five dollars each, signed by Tantum, includes shipping, while the supply lasts, then that’s that. One way to celebrate their fifty years on the American scene and what could have been.

Cold Warrior Artists

“What do Richard Wright, Gloria Steinem, Henry Kissinger, George Meany, Nina Simone and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. have in common?

Answer: Directly or indirectly, they all took money from the Central Intelligence Agency during the early years of the Cold War.”

“The war for the hearts and minds of humanity…ranked nearly as high as the race to build better missiles and a mightier economy.”

Read it here.

It’s the same story in the visual arts.

 

Sadder Songs Evidence?

 

 

Yeah, maybe. Certainly most bands and singer songwriters in the world aren’t signed. Maybe this data means only pessimistic people are spending the most on music. Or optimistic, happy people want to bring their mood down. If teens and twenty somethings spend the most of music, isn’t this just data about them? And since music is available in more formats in the last few years, could music in major keys, in faster BPM, be consumed in these other formats, and thus not be counted in sales? (Isn’t Top 40 just sales?) Or maybe music is like fashion, can only buy what they sell in the stores, and this is what is available. Maybe this data set can’t lead to definitive conclusions about anything except what it measures. Maybe this post is too much postulating and not enough scientizing. Somedays we are the means, other days the ends.