Aux

Anthropocene

  • Organizations, collectives, articles, and movements of our age.
  • The Critical Engineering Manifesto - The Critical Engineer considers Engineering to be the most transformative language of our time, shaping the way we move, communicate and think. It is the work of the Critical Engineer to study and exploit this language, exposing its influence.
  • Dark Mountain - We intend to challenge the stories which underpin our civilization: the myth of progress, the myth of human centrality, and the myth of our separation from ‘nature’.
  • Extinction Symbol - The world is currently undergoing a mass extinction event, and this symbol is intended to help raise awareness of the urgent need for change in order to address this crisis.
  • Long Now Foundation - The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996 to foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.
  • We Need Courage, Not Hope, To Face Climate Change - We need courage, not hope. Grief, after all, is the cost of being alive. We are all fated to live lives shot through with sadness, and are not worth less for it. Courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending.

Blogroll

Selected Recently Read Books

  • In roughly reverse-chronological order.
  • Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson After Manson’s previous book, I had great expectations for this one. It introduced me the concept of Amor Fati which is quite lovely, but other than that it reads as a somewhat hysterical plea of fealty to the AI who will run the singularity.
  • Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World by Timothy Morton I found this to be highly sensationalized and conjectural. There is probably something here, but I’m not ready to bite.
  • ★ The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing In a stunning turn of events the world “psychedelic” was not mentioned once in this book! Instead we follow the patchworked travels of matsutake mushrooms as they journey from Orgeonian forests through supply chains and into Japanese restaraunts. Salvage capitalism, assemblages, patchwork. My favorite non-fiction book of the year.
  • Templexity: Disordered Loops through Shanghai Time by Nick Land Shanghai is a time machine… or something.
  • ★ Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan Holy shit. I hope this enters the canon of Neuromancer, Snow Crash, etc. There is an urgency and poetry to Maughan’s prose that feels just perfect. I adore all the references to hip-hop culture, jungle, and artists. I look forward to re-reading this one over and over.
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties by William Gibson A satisfying, imaginative, and fun conclusion to The Bridge Trilogy.
  • Time Travel: A History by James Gleik A poetic look at how we as a culture became aware of the very concept of time travel. Gleik weaves literature, scientific discoveries, and technological advancements together in a joyful ode to my favorite SF trope.
  • ★ k-punk: The Collected Writings of Mark Fisher The book is divided into thematic sections, each in chronological order. At the end of each section, I found myself overcome with a certain sorrow in knowing this is all there ever will be. I know I will refer to the final section on Acid Communism for years to come. RIP.
  • Flatline Constructs: Gothic Materialism and Cybernetic Theory-Fiction by Mark Fisher Fisher’s thesis sketches out a “Gothic Materialism” framework. I enjoyed the reading quite a bit, though lacked the academic context to understand most of it. Hardcopy via exmilitary.
  • ★ Gnomon by Nick Haraway A fractalized fever dream SF thriller. Turtles all the way down…
  • Non-Places - An Introduction to Supermodernity by Marc Augé Airpots, gas stations, Starbucks… these are non-places. Meshes of code, branding, and consumerism. What does spending more and more of our time here mean for culture?
  • Infinite Music by Adam Harper If the 20th century heard us sketch out the extreme borders of what music is (think Cage, Reich, later Autechre), then 21st century will be about mapping the inner jungles.
  • ★ New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future by James Bridle What if, in our collective efforts to be faster, more accurate, and more efficient we’ve only made things worse? What if we are in a New Dark Age and don’t even realize it?
  • The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll A pragmatists approach to understanding our place in the universe through the lens of poetic naturalism.
  • ★ Remembrance of Earth’s Past by Cixin Liu A staggering (and occasionally long-winded) work of imagination and genius. Hard SF for the 21st century.
  • ★ Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy No other book has ever haunted me like this one. It is tragic, bleak, and horrifying. McCarthy’s prose is sublime.
  • Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow A bunch of mean & petty people doing mean & petty things to each other. I had a hard time enjoying this one. Some cool concepts like social currency and flash-baking.
  • Autonomous by Annalee Newitz Near-future “biopunk” adventure playing with complex ethical topics such as human-AI love, debt/slavery, addiction, and chains of responsibility in pharmaceutical trials.
  • Tropic of Kansas by Chirstopher Brown A chillingly plausible near-future action thriller given our current time-line trajectory. One of the protagonists seemed to have superpowers for some reason.
  • Walkaway by Cory Doctorow A vision of what a post-scarcity future run by hackers could look like. Bonus points for technically accurate version control systems and networking technology.
  • Ghosts of My Life by Mark Fisher Not as sweeping as his other books, but just as insightful.
  • ★ Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher This book rewired my perception of reality. Is neoliberalism really the terminus of human society?
  • The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher Some of my favorite fiction analyzed by my favorite thinker.
  • Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson Reflections on our hyper-connected world from the person who helped us imagine it.
  • ★ Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland Required reading for all artists and creators. I’ve lost count of how many friends I’ve given or recommended this one to.
  • Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges Borges is a master of recursion, suggestion, minimalism. A man out of time.
  • ★ The Peripheral by William Gibson He’s done it again. Perhaps the most plausible form of time travel yet imagined.

My Life In Playlists

  • Come Thru for U by DJ Seinfeld
  • Indefinite Fields by Rafael Anton Irisarri
  • Half Light of Dawn by Abul Mogard
  • Screen by Visible Cloaks
  • This Causes Consciousness to Fracture by Caterina Barbieri
  • Maximum Black by Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
  • Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet by Gavin Bryars
  • Unfold by Gábor Lázár
  • A sodium codec haze by Time Hecker
  • Noon Hill Wood by Richard Skelton
  • Hepta by Syne
  • The Alien by Ben Salisbury, Geoff Barrow
  • six of eight (midst) by Autechre
  • DREAMROAD by Shock Model Duo
  • Uwëm/Creātiōn by Space Afrika
  • More Alone (Album Version) by Tropic of Cancer
  • Feathers by A Perfect Circle
  • It Has to Start Somewhere by Underoath
  • Meaningless by Deadships
  • Heartmachine by Northlane
  • Of Mind - Nocturne by TesseracT
  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • feed1 by Autechre
  • Redshift by ASC
  • Blue ghost by Chris Kiehne
  • The Stars Drop Away (Equus Oils) by Ben Babbitt
  • Flower by HKE
  • Minnen av morfar by D.Å.R.F.D.H.S.
  • The Dull Age by Tropic of Cancer
  • Gaol in the Deep by Disasterpeace
  • Vignette: Panacea by Disasterpeace
  • Sleepygirl 4 by Yagya
  • /// by Second Woman
  • A Song Of Summer by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
  • War It by Forest Swords
  • San Junipero (80s-90s-00s-??s) by Clint Mansell
  • Hard Rain by Lawrence English
  • Monks Mound (Arcology) by Huerco S.
  • 恢复 by 2814
  • rose&rose by UNKNOWNjp
  • Take My Bones Away by Baroness
  • Forgot About Dre by Dr. Dre
  • Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
  • Anthem for No State by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • A Greater Call by Cult of Luna, Julie Christmas
  • By and Down (Live) by A Perfect Circle
  • Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
  • Artificial Death In The West by Death Grips
  • Faith in Lies by Deadships
  • 100407jd7 by Second Woman
  • It’s just a burning memory by The Caretaker
  • Savor the Kill by Darkest Hour
  • Love as a Weapon by Darkest Hour
  • Set Fire by Deadships
  • Ice to Never by The Black Queen
  • In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins
  • Daniel by Bat for Lashes
  • Heart of Gold by Neil Young
  • Heartbeats by The Knife
  • Verflossen ist das Gold der tage by Bersarin Quartet
  • The Arms of Sorrow by Killswitch Engage
  • Inside (2:56am Mix) by 36
  • Otherside by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Day That Mauro Ran Over Elwy Yost by 1-Speed Bike
  • NMS_exteriorAtoms1/False Suns by 65daysofstatic
  • Siren’s Song by Deadships
  • Hold On by 36
  • Conversazioni stellari - Seattle mix by The Sight Below, Chaos (Japan)
  • Deceiver by Loscil
  • Things Done Changed by The Notorius B.I.G.
  • arcadian nights by tyler etters & the northern information movement

2015

  • Ataronchronon by Boards of Canada
  • Coming of a God by Kurt Stenzel
  • Dreams by Beck
  • Splendid by Vic Chesnutt
  • Pulse Dive by 36
  • All Along the Watchtower by Träd Gräs Och Stenar
  • Feel the Fall by Dillon & Telefon Tel Aviv
  • Sommarlåten by International Harvester
  • My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) by Neil Young
  • A River Runs Through This City by Esermine
  • 21 Forgotten T by Aphex Twin
  • heat death by tyler etters & the northern information movement
  • Tunnel Chase by Brad Fiedel
  • I Will Not Forget That I Have Forgotten by Eluvium
  • Lonely Soul by DJ Shadow
  • Vortex by John Carpenter
  • A Horse with No Name by America
  • Ultra Silvam by Ştiu Nu Ştiu
  • Get Got by Death Grips

2014

  • Richter: Song by Max Richter
  • This Is What It Feels Like by Banks
  • Al Qaeda Possess Nuclear Capacity by Vatican Shadow
  • Nolan by Ben Frost
  • Hold on Hold Still for a Second by Sons of Magdalene
  • Coffin Varnish by The Atlas Moth
  • Atomos by A Winged Victory for the Sullen
  • Eye by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Moya by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

2013

  • God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash
  • Unity by Bvdub
  • First Fires by Bonobo
  • rainbow table by tyler etters & the northern information movement
  • After Time by 36
  • Pyramids by Frank Ocean
  • War by Henry the Archer
  • Blommorana by Jonathan Johansson
  • Niemals Zurük by Bersarin Quartette
  • Code by Pan-American
  • Until We Bleed by Kleerup ft. Lykke Li
  • Straight Up by Paula Abdul
  • Wheel in the Sky by Journey
  • Southern Man by Neil Young
  • Came Back Haunted by Nine Inch Nails
  • Blade Runner Blues by Vangelis
  • Let In The Light by Moderat
  • Twin Peaks Theme (Instrumental) by Angelo Badalamenti
  • Reach For The Dead by Boards of Canada
  • a certain darkness, first snow by tyler etters & the northern information movement

2012

  • At First Touch by The Sight Below
  • Prolegomenon by Connectedness Locus
  • Archangel by Burial
  • Kaddish For Chesnutt by Efrim Manual Menuck
  • Mladic by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • Skinny by HTRK
  • Eleventh! by Arovane
  • As I Lay My Head Down by Other Lives
  • Son Saves The Rest by Yppah
  • Inside Elevation by Pan-American
  • Wr by Labradford
  • Whoblo by Bola
  • Honest by Kelly de Martino
  • Ghosts of the Garden City by Caspian
  • Ava Adore by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Sad Eyes by Crystal Castles
  • Vow by Julianna Barwick
  • Alone Together by Marconi Union
  • Age of Wonder by The American Dollar
  • Waking Expectations by Rafael Anton Irisarri
  • Alothea by Zomby
  • Ashtray Wasp by Burial
  • The Six Million Dollar Sandwich by The Dead Texan
  • Bell Tower by Harold Budd
  • Endless Falls by Loscil
  • Requiem for Dying Mothers Pt. 1 & 2 by Stars of the Lid
  • By the Wall by Tomáš Dvořák
  • Burn Me Out From the Inside by The Sight Below
  • When I Grow Up by Fever Ray
  • Goodbye by Ulrich Schnauss

2011

  • When did our dreams and futures drift so far apart? by Leyland Kirby
  • Currents of Electrostasy by Tim Hecker
  • Before the Outside’s Gone by To Destory a City
  • Seals & Sanctions by Bridges of Königsberg
  • Lotus FLower by Radiohead
  • Midnight City by M83
  • Rising Suadade by Downliers Sekt
  • A Dream Within A Dream by The Glitch Mob
  • A True Form by Connectedness Locus
  • Holocene by Bon Iver
  • The Willows by Belbury Poly
  • Dark Flute by Jim Guthrie
  • Sunshine + Gasoline by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • 断罪の花: Guilty Sky by Kosaka Riyu
  • Alien Observer by Grouper
  • Cocoon by Aless
  • Little Horn by Suns
  • Dark Clouds by Karl Frank
  • The Ghost by Lunar Day
  • Final Movement - feat. “Not At Home” by Clint Mansell, Peter Broderick

2010

  • I Never Lose. Never Really by Belong
  • The Eraser by Thom Yorke
  • Les Grandes Marches by Moderat
  • Arcadia by Apparat
  • Lengthening Shadows (unmixed) by Telefon Tel Aviv
  • Ancient Highways by tenspeed
  • Kollapz Tradixional (Thee Olde Dirty Flag) by Silver Mt. Zion
  • Slow Show by The National
  • Where I End and You Begin by Radiohead
  • Chambers by Sioum
  • Midas Touch Remix by Hell Interface
  • 13093 by LAKE R▲DIO
  • Friend of hte Night by Mogwai
  • Same Places (Slow Version) by Belong
  • CWCIII by Telefon Tel Aviv, Richard Devine
  • Treale by Autechre
  • Turned Incandescent by Connectedness Locus
  • A Hail of Bombs by Red Sparowes
  • We Are An Empire by Brit Woollard

2009

  • Tempus Horizon by God Is An Astronaut
  • Your Mouth by Telefon Tel Aviv
  • Archeron by The Evpatoria Report
  • The Green Green Grass (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix) by The American Analog Set
  • Seven Sisters by mewithoutYou
  • Black History Month by Death From Above 1979
  • The Sky is Black by Telefon Tel Aviv
  • Coloring the Void by M83
  • Untrust Us by Crystal Castles
  • Mirador by Efterklang
  • Swarming by Efterklang
  • And It’s Alright by Peter Broderick
  • M by Telefon Tel Aviv
  • Heirloom by Bjork
  • Far From Refuge by God Is An Astronaut
  • Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping by Grouper
  • Joga by Bjork

2008

  • You, Appearing by M83
  • How to Disappear Completely by Radiohead
  • Brief moment of clarity broke through the deafening hum, but it was too late by Red Sparowes
  • Fuego! by Murder By Death
  • You Are the Worst in the World by Telefon Tel Aviv
  • Obsessive Compulsive by The Firebird Band
  • Miss You by Trentemøller
  • Xibalba by Clint Mansell
  • Climbing Up the Walls by Radiohead
  • The Zookeeper’s Boy by Mew
  • Gold Lion by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Brace Legs by Born of Osiris
  • Couleurs by M83
  • Sound in a Dark Room by Telefon Tel Aviv
  • Pretty Little Lightning Paw by Silver Mt. Zion
  • Day of Justice by All Shall Perish
  • 09-15-00 by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • Idioteque by Radiohead

2007