As I have been mentioning obsessively all over thar intarwebbicles, I am getting all greasy with my old vinyl, ripping ancient music into digital formats, and this isn’t the stuff I cannot live without but lame stuff and forgotten stuff..
But due to the limitations of ripping the big black CDs, I am listening to the albums as I convert, and I realize that it has been fuck-shit long time since I’ve really listened to ALBUMS, rather than playlists or genres or random. It’s something I have missed, while I recognize that the changing tech is making it a thing of the past, like 45s gave way to LPs, and rocks gave way to guns.
I am enjoying the opportunity to reacquaint myself with older music and longer formats, though, but it makes me consider the experience.
OK I am lousy at this stuff, as I am not really a philosophical zombie, but more working from the nerve endings. Plover is perhaps better equipped to make this all intelligent and learned and shit. I just kind of say what I feel, and click the publish button.
What we experience, as more-or-less sentient creatures, impacts what we do and how we do it, right? When the car was introduced, the experience of traveling farther and faster than ever before changed the way we thought about communities, not to mention made it reasonable for one country to amass the land that ended up being America.
These experiential changes happen often, it seems to me. Radio. TV. Movies. Telephones. Cell phones. Computers. world Wars. Natural disasters. Police Actions. Ecological catastrophes. More wars.
I feel like I am somewhat fortunate to work in a field where the massive advances and changes happen in techniques and production, not so much in design. Although the tools and materials and technology we use are always changing and expanding, we still need to design buildings for basic human occupancy. At least until the Singularity.
And, of course, recognizing the fact that apparently we are never going to try to build anything in this country ever again.
At least until things wind down, I can listen to this music.