Thanks to the introduction from a friend, Jon Bartkowicz, I currently can't get enough of Phaidon's Muse Music playlists on Spotify. Similar to what I explored through writing Agents of Production: Lens // Music for Datum (the student-run journal of a[A]rchitecture at Iowa State University), Phaidon has started to publish playlists proving what artists / songs / genres are driving professionals at the moment. Not that I plan to extract patterns to form dramatic connections across the site via every Muse list they've published (well I might do that), but listening to the process of drivers of others while working through your own creative process is bizarre.
In Agents of Production: Lens // Music, I attempt to break down the rituals we assign ourselves within our own creative methods. Obviously, though oftentimes difficult for the reader to instantly become familiar with, the best way to analyze such a process is first through analyzing your own. Pattern seeking and building upon strengths in similarities and differences in turn lends to better understanding across a team. Music, as it has across several varying histories, has the ability to draw us together. So how can we further refine this acknowledgment to help us understand our own process so that we might better understand other's? Would that be 'forcing' it?
Regardless, the playlists are wild / exciting / new and I highly suggest you put some time aside to listen.
I'm looking forward to seeing how continuing to invest interest in process drivers such as music or performance play into my comprehensive studio project under the direction of Professor Jungwoo Ji. An experimental music complex in Boston is on deck, and I've been waiting for this project for quite sometime. Check out the link to Phaidon's Spotify page: here. I've also linked Agents of Production: Lens // Music if you've yet to check out DATUM No. 5: Binocular Vision.
It's funky, it's got hints of disco, it's alternative, it's the MisterWives. This is song is just fun. It has been the theme of several weeks of transition from Rome back to Des Moines, and I STILL love it!
More updates to come soon. Until then, try to stay still and listen to the MisterWives get down.....I bet you can't.
- jazz enthusiast