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SPIN ME ROUND: WHY VINYL IS BETTER THAN DIGITAL

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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. Continue reading


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ARTIST-PHILOSOPHER INTERVIEW: MATT LINDAUER

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Musician and philosopher Matt Lindauer interviewed by Alex King

Matt Lindauer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He specializes in moral and political philosophy, moral psychology, and experimental philosophy, and has published work in Philosophical Studies, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, and Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, among other venues. He is also a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His band Myrna recently released their debut EP on Kitty Wizard Records and a full-length release is coming soon. His solo project Utena also produced a recent album that was recorded almost entirely on his iPhone between Australia and Brooklyn. He also played in the banjo-key-drum group Sugarbat and in Daphne Lee Martin’s band as guitarist and banjo player, and has recorded a number of other projects. Some of his music was recently featured in an ad for Joe’s Jeans. Continue reading


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ARTIST INTERVIEW: MICHAEL THOMAS CONNOLLY

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Musician, recording engineer, and producer Michael Thomas Connolly interviewed by Alex King

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Michael Thomas Connolly is a musician, recording engineer and producer in Seattle, WA. Obsessed with learning new skills, Michael is avid multi-instrumentalist and performs professionally on fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, accordion, piano, Hammond organ, guitar, dobro, bagpipes, flute and pennywhistle. He runs the venue and recording studio, Empty Sea Studios, and has engineered approximately 100 full-length records in approximately 20 years of multitrack recording. He has performed and toured with Coyote Grace, and has appeared on ABC’s The Gong Show. He is a ham radio enthusiast, computer geek, motorcycle rider, and cat lover, and has recently switched to decaf. Continue reading


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Heidegger Meets Van Gogh: Art, Freedom, and Technology – Free Online IAI Course

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Van Gogh, Pair of Shoes, 1886

About the Course

Modern philosophers traditionally thought of science as the realm of truth and art as the realm of beauty. And with the industrial revolution, western societies followed suit. Technology became the driving force of history as art became a sphere of entertainment.

In this two-part course, Philosopher Simon Glendinning challenges this conception by outlining Heidegger’s critique of technology whilst arguing that art is the path to freedom.

You will learn about:

  • Heidegger’s critique of modernity and the predominance of technology.
  • The nature and history of scientific rationality.
  • Heidegger’s reading of the work of Vincent Van Gogh.
  • Art’s relationship to truth and freedom.

Through video lectures, questions and suggested reading discover why art remains a true source of wisdom.  Share your ideas and support your learning through our discussion boards and test your knowledge through questions throughout the course.

Requirements

This course is designed for anyone interested in art, technology or the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and requires no prior knowledge. Whether you’re student, artist or you just want to learn more, we welcome you to join this course.

About the Instructor

  • Simon Glendinning

    Simon Glendinning is Professor of European Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Director of the Forum for European Philosophy. His books includeOn Being With Others: Heidegger-Wittgenstein-Derrida (Routledge) and Derrida: A Short Introduction (OUP).

Course Syllabus

  • Part One: Technology and Chains
    Does modern technology lead to increased freedom and power? Or, as Heidegger said, are we increasingly “unfree and chained”?
  • Part Two: Art and Freedom
    Life in the technological age seems to lack real meaning. Glendinning looks to the creative arts as a potential “saving power”.

Fore more information, check out the course’s website: https://iai.tv/iai-academy/courses/info?course=heidegger-meets-van-gogh-art-freedom-and-technology.


To get you excited, check out a 2009 article from Harper’s: Philosopher’s Rumble Over Van Gogh’s Shoes. And if you’re really into it, check out Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s article on Heidegger’s Aesthetics written by Iain Thomson.