The fascination of train announcements

There is something quite fascinating about the announcements made on trains. Is there any form of public speaking that varies in quality more. Sometimes the announcements can be delivered in an unbelievably apathetic tone, like it’s the last thing the train guard ever wants to do. A lot of it just sounds plain rotten. Sometimes […]

Going iPodless — an experiment

I have long struggled with my use of portable music devices. The appeal to listen to audio on the go is strong. It probably started off as a novelty, or as something to keep me occupied on long train journeys. Back then it was a relatively cumbersome personal CD player. Then MP3 players came and […]

My top ten albums of 2011 (part one)

10. Steve Reich — WTC 9/11 Steve Reich’s piece, about the September 11 terrorist attacks, is similar in concept to the great Different Trains. The piece uses recordings of radio broadcasts made by air traffic controllers and fire officers made at the time of the attacks, moving on to interviews of New York residents talking […]

Ending a madness

A long time ago, I bought Little Things by Hanne Hukkelberg. But I was annoyed. Somehow, I had ordered it in the wrong format. I had bought the vinyl instead of the CD. I have no idea how I managed it. The only other time I ever ordered the wrong format was when I used […]