Aesthetics for Birds

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art for Everyone

November 4, 2021
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Hi-Phi Nation’s Barry Lam on the Art of Podcasting

The philosopher and podcaster behind Hi-Phi Nation talks about his creative process, trends, and whether podcasts are really art. Continue reading

November 25, 2019
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Spin Me Round: Why Vinyl is Better Than Digital

What follows is a guest post by Tony Chackal. We have also published a response piece to this post, which you can read here. Ever wonder why people prefer vinyl records over digital formats? Are they just snobs who fetishize vintage culture or elitists overly concerned with being hip? Are vinyl enthusiasts backward-looking in resisting contemporary technology? Maybe. But there are other substantial reasons to prefer vinyl to digital formats that may account for recent rebounds in vinyl sales. In this piece, I’ll highlight what I think they are.

March 31, 2017
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Vaporwave and Music Theory

Are music recordings their own type of musical instrument? How does timbre (vs. pitch, harmony, etc.) affect musical experience? What, really, is the point of music theory? And is vaporwave really dead? (Do you, Dear Reader, not yet know what vaporwave is – or was?) All these questions and more are addressed in this excellent video (from 2016 that I just discovered…) by YouTuber and musician Adam Neely.