Magnificent Union of Digitally Downloading Artists
Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel have joined forces to produce a manifesto for musicians. Artist manifestos seem somehow something out of the 1920s that you would expect from Giacomo Balla or Tristan Tzara, but if anyone today has the creds to be writing manifestos, these are your guys. Call it perhaps Discreet Strategies for the new century.
Their pamphlet lists ideas for artists to explore once they're freed from the confines of the CD format. One might decide to release a minute of music every day for a month. Another could post several recorded variations of the same song and ask fans what they like best.Click here to read the whole thing.
Salon (subscription or daypass required) has an interview with the Reverend Mark Stanger of San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, who had the opportunity to view Mel Gibson's The Passion. He has some interesting viewpoints on the theological accuracy, and why Jews, Arabs and Christians should be concerned about the message of the film. Read it here.
Adams at 102
Friedrich Blowhard analyzes Ansel Adams' composition and offers some thoughts on Adams the artist. This is why I visit the Blowhards on a daily basis. A gem of a posting.