What if we got outside ourselves and there
really was an outside out there, not just
our insides turned inside out? What if there
really were a you beyond me, not just
the waves off my own fire, like those waves off
the backyard grill you can see the next yard through,
though not well — just enough to know that off
to the right belongs to someone else, not you.
What if, when we said I love you, there were
a you to love as there is a yard beyond
to walk past the grill and get to? To endure
the endless walk through the self, knowing through a bond
that has no basis (for ourselves are all we know)
is altruism: not giving, but coming to know
someone is there through the wavy vision
of the self’s heat, love become a decision.
Vinyl has been around longer than any other medium and as a result you’re dealing with the weight of history. The weight of essentially 120 years of music and the cultural power of that much stuff being invented through one medium. It’s like books. They’re trying to get rid of books with the iPad. That’ll take 100 years, because we have all these physical artifacts. In the last 100 years, vinyl has been a significant cultural force. And to just throw it all away and pretend you can get it all on a new medium really fast is absurd. A 100 years of art production taken and put on a laptop computer. That’s bullshit. I’m a professional finder of stuff that’s not on the computer. What’s on the computer is a very phony version of the world of culture. Maybe one-billionth of what’s interesting about humanity and what makes it beautiful can be found on the Internet. You’re dealing with thousands of years of human development. You can’t just cram that into one new form. All I ask for of the current technological world is to be humble. And be like, “Hey, you know our ancestors’ voices are embedded on vinyl.” You don’t have to collect the stuff. It’s financially difficult and spatially difficult and it may not be in your field of interest, but don’t’ throw it in the dump. Don’t just throw away something that’s been used for a 100 years. That’s a very modern problem. We have a culture that wants to throw away everything that’s not made this year and that’s absolutely bonkers. That’s a really dangerous mindset and that’s what I’m really a warrior against in a lot of ways. Or at least trying to be.
INTERVIEW WITH ERIC ISAACSON OF MISSISSIPPI RECORDS
“The problem is no longer getting people to express themselves, but providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don’t stop people from expressing themselves, but rather, force them to express themselves. What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, or ever rarer, the thing that might be worth saying.”
— Gilles Deleuze, “Mediators” (via allisonburtch)