1) The Journal of Wild Culture is a new project, examining “the broad and fertile intersection between culture and the environment.” It looks really fascinating, and beautifully presented.
2) Casey Anderson has written a really fine and thought-provoking article on field recordings and abstraction, called “Faithfully Re-presenting the Outside World,” on NewMusicBox. He goes into depth on two pieces: Michael Pisaro’s Transparent City, and Toshiya Tsunoda’s O Kokos Tis Anixis, which I gave a brief account of not too long ago. Also included are generous excerpts from each recording.
4) The Octobass is 12 feet tall.