Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: art

LibriVox in NYC art gallery

Touch, Listen (2007) Dennis Yuen & Morry Galonoy Bookcloths, Davey board, decorative paper, linen threads, ink, long-stitch binding, voice XML, PHP, syndication from [b]LibriVox’s [/b]public domain podcast stream of audio poetry Books are meant to be touched. Poetry is meant to be listened to. Tel: (617) 850 9366 Each is an art form that should […]

digital media sucks

Maurizio has a great post about the dismal quality of mp3/ACC audio, and the parallels in crappy video. Actually the problem – for audio at least – is far worse than just the final format: Dynamic range, warmth and depth have all but disappeared it seems in today‚Äôs music recordings. Music is compressed in recording, […]

52 Books – Q1 Progress Report

I’m trying to read 52 books in 2007, a book a week. I’ve still got a little cushion, but I’m slowing down. Been lucky, with lots of good books. Here’s a list, with a one-line review, link to more detailed review. Starred books are particularly good. 52 Books in 2007 – Q1 Results *A Clockwork […]

BookReview: A Complicated Kindness

A Complicated Kindness product Book by Miriam Toews Wonderful book about a young girl growing up in a Mennonite town in Manitoba. Who knew Menonnite teens smoked pot and had sex and were so funny? Sad, hilarious, excellent. Finely-wrought study of how social constraints can slowly tear people apart. Good to see more CanLit shaking […]

thou shalt not…

Some fellow named “Bopuc” linked to this vid, of dan le sac VS scroobius pip, which is, really, quite great: I thought dan le sac (or scroobius?) might change his mind when he got to the Clash, but he didn’t, and i was happy. courage of convictions.

Video – boogat

I did a video interview of Montreal hip hop artist Boogat, for the National Arts Centre’s Scene Quebec programme/podcast. SceneQuebec is an arts festival in Ottawa/Gatineau, April 20-May 5. Here’s the boogat vid. There are a few more vids by me coming out too, some about theatre, and another about the classical music programming. You […]

librivox recommendations

Matt asked me for some LibriVox recommendations for a long drive to Toronto. I whipped up this list, and, well … it’s not authoratative or anything, but if you know about LibriVox and are wondering what to listen to, here are some that I have enjoyed (I’ll update the list periodically): NON-FICTION God and State, […]

pdsounds launched

Stephan, a hard-core LibriVox volunteer/admin (maker of the LV poster), has launched a new exciting project: pdsounds.org …(pd for “public domain”). About: With recording devices and microphones pdsounds volunteers acoustically discover the beauty of the world. From the million sounds of things to the pure waves of sinus. Our goal is to record it all […]

LibriVox’s Madness

Here is a list of free audio books released by LibriVox … in the Month of March!!!! (books of particular interest are in bold): 1.Lines Written in Early Spring by Wordsworth, William 2.Byways Around San Francisco Bay by Hutchinson, W. E. 3.Clue of the Twisted Candle, The by Wallace, Edgar 4.Twilight of the Idols, The […]

70 Works: March Madness

LibriVox had a March Madness campaign – a concerted effort to finish as many public domain books as we could in the month of March. We finished SEVENTY! Yes, 7-0 works of great literature. That’s pretty crazy. I didn’t do much to contribute, I must say, but I am proud as punch.