framework||||| phonography/field recording|||contextual & decontextualized sound activity
Sometimes I get extremely bored/underwhelmed by music: too much input, too many blogspots, zip files, old pieces of vinyl that need rips, a cluttered podcast folder.
When that happens, there are two options: a short Merzbow bender, or else listen to nothing but phonography and field recordings for a while. Both methods are palate-cleansers: they leave my senses and idea of music and sound sharpened, or at least re-tuned. I tend to drift towards the field recording side of the fence these days, since harsh noise is best experienced live or in small doses.
I subscribed to this podcast a few years ago, and somehow forgot about it when the feed died for a month or so. Just re-discovered it; thanks to Jeff for the reminder. Highly, highly recommended, it makes the mundane world beyond speakers and earbuds a little more interesting.
Go for a walk.