not so festive (fifteen)

I didn’t post a festive fifteen for 2016. I've decided to stop waiting for an arbitrary time of year to compile a list of things I've been listening to. I'd rather mention them as they catch my ear.

In that spirit, I've been playing the new Environments records (6 and 6.5) by The Future Sound of London a lot recently. There's a depth and complexity to FSOL's albums (and to those produced under their various pseudonyms). They draw you in, but the threads spun by Dougans and Cobain twist and weave in ways that aren't predictable. They're an absorbing, rewarding listen.

privacy and history

The ever-interesting William Gibson on the tension between privacy and history:

I’ve never been able to fit the concepts of privacy, history and encryption together in a satisfying way, though it continues to seem that I should. Each concept has to do with information; each can be considered to concern the public and the private; and each involves aspects of society, and perhaps particularly digital society. But experience has taught me that all I can hope to do with these three concepts is demonstrate the problems that considering them together causes.
— William Gibson, 'The Future of Privacy', The New York Times, 6 December 2016

It's worth reading the whole article.  Although it's short, there's a lot of food for thought in there for anyone interested in recordkeeping, information governance, data protection and so on.

rival consoles

I've been spending time with Rival Consoles' new album, Night Melody.

This an album of songs, not sounds; feelings, not ideas. It’s not easy to tell stories without words, but [Ryan] West has been working long and hard enough to hit that point where his wordless miniatures convey as much as some albums.
— Benjamin Scheim, Pitchfork, 5.8.16


the art of conversation

I mention Euan a lot when I post here as he has a habit of saying or writing things that I find interesting. If you've never met him or heard him speak, this video is a pretty good précis of many of his ideas. It's from a TEDx talk he gave in Cambridge last year.


the fellowship of the ring (binder)

I had a nice surprise this morning when I found my name in the latest Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) Bulletin. Although I feel a little self-conscious about mentioning it here, it gives me the chance to thank the IRMS for electing me an IRMS Fellow and for giving me their ‘Author of the Year’ award for 2016. I'd also like to offer my congratulations to the other new Fellows, award winners and nominees.

a fitting tribute (album)

A fantastic cover version. It’s taken from ‘Day of the Dead’; a tribute album that, for once, is worth your time.