I was left feeling slightly envious of @dajbelshaw office setup wondering how I could make my own working space at home better. Some of the problems I have is that in part I share my space with my wife and daughter. I am also still working solely from my laptop. However, it then occurred to me that the difference between Doug and I was not necessarily our setup, but rather the uncertainty moving forward. There has been no discussion about what things might look like moving forward.
One of the interesting changes to music has been the space where it is created and recorded. On hold is Nils Frahm travelling to Spain to record in a well or Taylor Swift flying to New York because she woke up with an idea, instead artists are restricted to those resources they have at hand. Take Jacob Collier for example, who has all he needs in his room, while for those artists he collaborates with, he connects remotely using Source Connect and captures their part that way.
Austin Kleon shared a link to John Holt's newsletter and some thoughts on learning at home. One of the issues I have had is that it is a contested space. Although I have been supporting my daughter while she has been learning at home, creating the space, allowing her to explore, the problem I have had is that I am not her teacher, I have no agency. This is why Kleon argues that the current context is not 'homeschooling'. I consider it a blend of the worst of both worlds. https://wp.me/p8VTy1-4fW
I have been listening to a lot of TISM/Damian Cowell lately. One thing that has occurred to me is the strength of the music. With so much attn to the message, it can be easy to overlook the medium that provides space for such lyricism & performance. As Michael Dwyer captures:
> "If Damian wanted to be," says Martin, "he could be a comedian. A few years ago he did a show at the comedy festival and it was as funny as any other show. But he takes the music very seriously."
I have been dividing into the music of Oneohtrix Point Never lately. I remember when I first heard his music I struggled to find an entry point. At the time, it was not for me, I was in a different space. Of late, I have returned with new context and new interest. I remember having similar experiences with the art of Vermeer until I appreciated the innovation and Jane Austen until I realised that there was something beyond the BBC adaptations. In part, this is why ratings can be problematic.
New Post: Literature and Reimagining a New Normal - Strange events like the coronavirus provide the opportunity to look at the familiar with new perspective and reimagine a new sense of normal. https://readwriterespond.com/2020/05/reimagining-a-new-normal/
Virginia Trioli asked the question, what have you learned from living in lockdown? I have learnt that it is very difficult to do 'deep work' without a wife, especially when you are trying to work in a shared space. It can be easy to say you do not have the time, but I have found finding physical and mental space a bigger challenge.
I am always intrigued when I meet a devout Metal listener, someone who will only listen to one particular style of music no matter where they are. Personally speaking, I think music is always associated with context and the contestation of space. I will be honest, I often listen to more eclectic electronic music with headphones as it may not be what those around me are wanting to hear.
Have spent the last month throwing ideas of projects for the children to dive into. Fine there have been cardboard musical instruments and art pieces capturing the changing seasons, but nothing they can come back to again and again. Finally something clicked yesterday with Ms4 announcing she wanted to make a movie. Things have just gotten serious. Green screen is out, Touchcast going, props strewn everywhere and ideas flying around. Will see how long it lasts.
My daughter sprung out of her seat today with excitement on receiving a notification about a series of activities shared by her specialist teachers. Although she misses her friends, she also misses her teachers and the learning opportunities they provide. I am not sure if every student would have had the same response to such a notification. It also had me thinking about Dave Cormier's discussion of care as education's first principle and the influence this has in online learning spaces.
Life is about compromise. For a while Ms4 has been having her nails painted when we cut them. This morning she flaunted them in front of Ms9. I asked Ms9 if while learning from home she wanted to paint her nails? She responded that it was against school policy, only to follow up with the realisation that she wasn't required to wear her uniform at home. Had me wonder about the challenges this raises when students return.
📑 Troy Hunt on Contact Tracing: https://wp.me/p8VTy1-47M
Always intrigued what 'new music' Google Music throws up. I usually check on a Friday to see what's new. The odd thing is different devices provide different results. Today, I was listening to the RN's The Music Show and found out the EOB's album was released. Found it in when I searched, but it was not in the New Releases. I have therefore learnt that I cannot trust algorithms and to manage my own means of discovery. On a side note, at least TISM's surprise release came up.
Unpacking appreciation in Principled, Paul Browning talks about recognising everyone within the school space.
"From the cleaners who come in at night to the Chair of the Board, everyone plays a role and needs to know that they are on the same team and their effort makes a difference."
I remember participating in a school-wide PLC program years ago. We had the business manager, cleaner, music teacher and the head of English. Intent to recognise everyone's voice was clear.
There have been so many great initiatives lately by the Australian government in response to the coronavirus. Subsidising wages. Free child care. However, does everyone in this space benefit? I think there is a lot to be said about who and what is being prioritised by the government. Although there is a lot of goodwill being built up, the question is at what cost, especially when hospitals are sending out requests for donations to fund doctors and nurses through the current crisis.
Read Write Respond #051
March’s newsletter of ideas and information associated with all things education, mined and curated for me and shared with you. It includes a focus on all things social distancing.
I was standing at the bar listening to the 'Imaginary Place' remix of Tame Impala's The Slow Rush with headphones on when I felt someone bump me while trying to get past and spill some of their drink on me. We both turned to each other and nodded, then kept on listening.
The album and this remix are great examples of music and the ability to take you to another world.
Bridget Judd discusses the way in which the coronavirus infects our fears before possibly infecting our bodies https://collect.readwriterespond.com/emotions-are-contagious-is-that-why-youre-so-afraid-of-coronavirus/
Personally speaking, I feel that the virus has definitely invaded my mental space. This has become apparent more and more with my dreams. Feeling all Jungian.
Received an email today stating that there would be some disruption in the office due to some upgrades occuring. As I am working at home this will not be a problem. However, it highlights something that it feels as if there are some aspects of society that see such crises as an opportunity. I guess it comes down to perspective. What is a little disruption in a time of transformation, something epitomised with the repainting of the famous Abbey Road crossing.
In an episode of the Take 5 Podcast, David Byrne spoke about how he and St. Vincent had to decide at some point what sort of music they would write together based on where they would perform. This has been praying on my mind as artists are forced to rethink where they perform. Many are turning to live steaming. As the current crisis continues I wonder what impact this many have on the music created.
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