Arts & Culture
I met Madlib at Fat Beats in NYC about a decade ago not too long after he had produced “Champion Sound” with J Dilla. Madlib is still the prolific sampler to this day, lacing records of past and present to make dope beats.
“The equipment doesn’t matter, it’s the vibe you put into it. If the music sounds good, music sounds good.”
Motown, Grunge, Grime, Techno, and Hip-Hop all got their creative energy from their surroundings. The environment constricts creativity, leading to new sounds and movements.
When the Berlin Wall came down, 30% of buildings in east Berlin were empty, says Der Spiegel journalist Tobias Rapp, the author of a book on the city’s clubbing scene. “Techno in Berlin happened in ruins,” he says. “E-Werk was an empty electricity factory. Tresor was the empty bank vault of a former shopping centre. Planet was an empty warehouse.”
- An intriguing read on urban development as it relates to humans and animals: The Human Ratio
These street pigeons we have gotten used to aren’t practical in any sense for the human; they appear to us as an excessive accessory to the urban landscape. They use city squares as pastures; come winter or summer, heat or rain, they stand guard for as long as the sun is high, waiting for alms.
Philosophy & Productivity
It’s no surprise that every other newsletter features a Tim Ferriss podcast. He gets great guests. Star entreprenueur/investor and philosopher Naval Ravikant is no exception. His life philosophy in a nutshell: Be present. Pursue growth rather than busyness. Choose happiness.
”You choose to be happy and you work at it.”
Look no further than direct messaging apps (WhatsApp, FB messenger, Snapchat) to see where social media is headed. The kids want to be in public but share in private. However, the urge to build your own brand will remain.
..young people are actually transitioning out of using what we might term broadcast social media – like Facebook and Twitter – and switching instead to using narrowcast tools – like Messenger or Snapchat.
Every social network wants your videos. Videos are a stickier experience than photos and text. The problem is how all these videos display. They’re standardized and high quality on YouTube and Facebook but compressed on Instagram. But unlike the early days of social media, viewers are agnostic about where they watch them.
As more and more people come of age using the web and using technology, uniformity in design and aesthetic isn’t as necessary. Facebook emerged as a service friendly to people who had never used a social network before, and that population is rapidly dwindling. We’re moving toward visual cacophony because we now have the ability to parse that mess easily. That beautiful mess is something to look forward to.
- DJ Mesh – Winter’s Day
- Quit Safari – 000 145
- Black Milk – For 4ever
- Lord Raja – Red Light District
- Junia T – My My My feat. Briskinthehouse
Thought of the Week
“You may have “natural” talent, but it’s the practice, failures, and will that made you make it look “natural” when you finally succeed.” – Rusty Redenbacher
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