Drexler y su proceso creativo

Es como el entrenamiento fí­sico: me imagino que componer es como hacer una maratón. No decides hacer una maratón mañana, empiezo a abrirme al entrenamiento, a ir expandiéndome hasta que llego a una distancia óptima. Eso para mí­ es la composición. Yo necesito ir entrando. El aparato compositivo, si está en algún lado localizado, precisa ir creando un silencio a su alrededor e ir focalizándose. Cuando estoy en periodo de composición, no sé como explicarte… estoy con el sistema abierto, muy emocional, muy receptivo, cualquier cosa que escuchas te sirve, las ideas fluyen mucho más rápido…estás como en estado de gracia de receptividad, muy emocional y muy cambiante. El periodo de composición para mi es muy bipolar, estás con una euforia injustificada y una tristeza injustificada, por eso no entro mucho en la composición, como nadie está todo el tiempo corriendo maratones, me desgasta mucho y erosiona mucho mis relaciones alrededor. Me vuelvo mala compañí­a. Ahora voy a intentar hacerlo durante unos meses más relajado, más lúdico, a ver si puedo.

Jorge Drexler acerca de su manera de componer.

30 days, 30 songs: 30 canciones contra Trump

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En 2012 el escritor estadounidense Dave Eggers lanzó una web llamada 90 days, 90 reasons en la que aportaba una razón diaria para votar a Obama en vez de a Mitt Romney:

If ever there were a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face, it is this. Millions of progressive Americans, who brought Obama into office on a grass-roots wave of hope and idealism and the belief in the possibility of change, are now behaving as if, because Obama hasn’t addressed their particular pet issue, that the best way to express their dissatisfaction is to allow Mitt Romney to become president.

To sum up: We plan to punish President Obama by electing an arch-conservative to rule the most powerful nation on Earth. This is the logic out there.

Cuatro años después el mismo autor ha vuelto a lanzar algo similar: 30 days, 30 songs es una iniciativa que pretende juntar a 30 artistas que publicarán una canción diaria contra la elección de Donald Trump como nuevo presidente de los Estados Unidos. Entre estos artistas (en el momento en el que escribo esto solo hay publicadas tres canciones) están los Death Cab for Cutie:

Lyrically, «Million Dollar Loan» deals with a particularly tone deaf moment in Donald Trump’s ascent to the Republican nomination. While campaigning in New Hampshire last year he attempted to cast himself as a self-made man by claiming he built his fortune with just a ‘small loan of million dollars’ from his father. Not only has this statement been proven to be wildly untrue, he was so flippant about it. Like it was no big deal. It truly disgusted me. I remember thinking, ‘surely THIS will be the turning point. To refer to an amount of money most working class people will never see in their lifetime as «small» illustrates a shocking lack of perspective. Assuredly now everyone will see this man for the charlatan he truly is.’ And yet, here we are.

Por si quieres suscribirte, tienen playlist en Spotify.

Philip Glass y el cambio en la industria musical

My own company, Orange Mountain Music, is putting out the original Candyman album as an LP. I said to the guys, «Who the hell is buying this?» They said, «Oh, a lot of people. They want LPs.» There’s that, too. It’s a rather complex situation. Some people don’t care about it, other people want the object.

We’re talking about a rather complex picture, in terms of a marketplace. If you had to make a map of that marketplace, it would look like a map of Paris, or Tokyo. The map would be a very complex map. Where you can’t find yourself. That’s not so bad.

But, in the end, that’s probably what’s going to save us. It’s complicated to describe the typical musical consumer. There are enough people on the planet, all doing it in different ways, so that somehow you’re going to make a living off of it.

Extraí­do del precioso artí­culo Philip Glass on controlling your output and getting paid for what you make.

Espí­as en 2016

It is not simply a question of keeping details offline, either, but the opposite: individuals or identities without deep, broad online presences are precisely those likely to raise suspicion.

«The challenge of having a credible digital footprint is significant,» Mr Inkster said. Fake Twitter or Facebook accounts alone do not make the grade. «Wherever we go in today’s world we leave a digital footprint «” a digital exhaust.» This too «” a long, false trail of location services on a mobile phone that adds up with an individual’s fake back-story, for example «” needs to be taken into account.

The spy who liked me: Britain’s changing secret service

Aseguradoras, Apple Watch y clientes saludables

Beginning this fall, Aetna will make Apple Watch available to select large employers and individual customers during open enrollment season, and Aetna will be the first major health care company to subsidize a significant portion of the Apple Watch cost, offering monthly payroll deductions to make covering the remaining cost easier.

Aetna, la primera aseguradora que subvenciona Apple Watch (para que sus clientes estén más sanos).

El dilema de Apple Music

Iovine was striking a rare note of contrition, one month after a controversy over the implications of Apple Music’s exclusives caused the world’s largest label group, Universal Music Group, to distance itself from his company. UMG decided it would end most exclusives in late August after it was embarrassed by a lucrative deal between Apple Music and Frank Ocean, which enabled the superstar to go independent. The ban upended one of Apple Music’s main selling points, and it left Iovine «” a former record producer who sees bridging the worlds of music and technology as a personal calling «” caught between the existential demands of his old business and his new one.

Inside Apple Music’s Second Act, en Buzzfeed.

Phantom Limb

Hace unos dí­as se murió Sonia del Amo, una de las referentes de Malasaña al ser la dueña del Tupperware, un bar clásico en la escena indie de Madrid desde hace ya unos cuantos años.

Hoy Eva Amaral en eldiario.es le hace un pequeño homenaje buscando a amigos suyos para que recomienden canciones que les recuerden a Sonia del Amo: ella decide dedicarle un tema de los Shins que a mí­ me ha servido para recordar la fantástica habilidad de los Shins para hacer canciones memorables. Como ‘Phanton Limb’.

Viva la música.