IT’S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION… WHO’S THERE? (The Mire)

Steve Goodman’s presentation at the excellent hauntology event last week focused on the phenomenon of ‘audio spotlights’, which deploy ultrasound to precisely target sonic messages at individuals. Predictably, the use of this Philip K Dick-like ‘holosonic’ technology – explained in the YouTube clip above – is being pioneered by advertisers to cut through the urban … More IT’S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION… WHO’S THERE? (The Mire)

RIDICULE IS NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF (The Mire)

Like David Stubbs, I’m of course delighted to have been shopped to the commissars of commonsense who compile Private Eye’s Pseud’s Corner. It’s always bracing to be middlebrow-beaten; a pleasure I can expect to enjoy fairly regularly from now on, since, if the section from the Mark Stewart feature that they selected is considered fair … More RIDICULE IS NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF (The Mire)

ANTI-EPHIPHANY (The Mire)

Simon’s response to Mark Wastell’s Epiphany in Wire 292, fascinating not because it is a Rashômon-like alternative reading of the same event, but because – contrary to certain prevailing hedonic relativist orthodoxies – it demonstrates that there is something more involved in aesthetic judgments than a mere registering of sensations. The difference between Mark’s response … More ANTI-EPHIPHANY (The Mire)

NAMING AS PORTALS (The Mire)

Speaking of postpunk autodidacticism, Owen Hatherley picks up on what I too thought was of the most interesting lines in Mark Sinker’s Sight & Sound review of Grant Gee’s Joy Division film: Curtis’ own writing was a teen scrapbook of anti-pop titles and sensibilities (‘Interzone’, ‘Atrocity Exhibition’, ‘Colony’, ‘Dead Souls’, invoke Burroughs, Ballard, Kafka and … More NAMING AS PORTALS (The Mire)