Sunday Post Wrangling – 04-16-23

Every Sunday, I pull all of my posts from my Mastodon account into a blog post here.


I love Plex’s sonic analysis features. I listen to my personal music library through Plex, and it’s such a blast to see what pops up together. For example, some of my more #experimental Blix Byrd music comes up with Severed Heads and Ixtlan. These things apparently match almost nothing else in my library. So cool! If you’re curious about the song, here it is:

A screenshot of a Plex-generated playlist based on sonic similarity, including Ixtlan, Severed Heads, and Blix Byrd.


It’s feeling very springy in New Hampshire! My friend gave me a couple of her forsythia babies today and I planted them at the edge of my property. They’re just about to bloom…hoping the transplanting didn’t ruin the show for this year.

These sticks may not look very exciting, but I assure you, they are.

#spring #gardening

Two small forsythia bushes, recently transplanted and about to bloom, fingers crossed


Totally adding a percussive sample on the absolute last day of mastering my new album. But it’s SPURS! And they NEED TO BE THERE!!!

Meme from the movie Spaceballs. Lonestar is holding a giant hairdryer and asking Princess Vespa, "What the hell is this, Princess?" Princess Vespa haughtily answers, "It's my industrial strength hairdryer, and I can't live without it!"


I learned about a new composer in an Alex Ross article about Max Richter:

“[Cassandra] Miller, a Canadian composer based in London, …is too idiosyncratic an artist to be slotted into a single category. Her work generally moves at an unhurried pace, employing loops, ostinatos, and other repetitive structures. …A chaotic humanness animates this zone of the minimalist multiverse, with the singing voice front and center.”

Enter the stream at 1 hour:

Also interesting to note: Alex Ross is tepid on Max Richter. I’m with him:

“What troubles me about Richter’s enterprise is, ultimately, its inoffensiveness. The music is impassive, deferential, anonymous. This is why Hollywood soundtrack supervisors push it so hard. If the audience recognized “On the Nature of Daylight” every time, it wouldn’t be as effective. Somehow, it keeps erasing itself and making itself new.”

Worth a read if you’re interested in this stuff.