NewMusicBox Turns 15


“Despite how much our world has changed, it’s surprising how many of the conversations we were having back in 1999 are still going on today, though sadly not everyone involved with those conversations is still with us today.”

Unmasking ‘Japan’s Beethoven’: The Aftermath


Since it was revealed in February that wildly popular deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi is, in fact, neither deaf nor a composer, the scandal “has produced numerous musings and self-chastisements in Japan and overseas. NHK issued a ten-page explanation of its failure to properly fact-check Samuragochi’s claims before broadcasting its documentary. … There has been finger-pointing in the Japanese media over who knew and why no one reported what they knew or asked questions.”

For the Love of Numbers

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“It’s hard to think of anything more rational, more logical and impersonal than a number. But what if we’re all, universally, also deeply attuned to how numbers … feel? Why 2 is warm, 7 is strong and 11 is downright mystical.” (audio)

Please Don’t Print Out And Snail Mail That Finished Novel To Yourself

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“Expert Village made a step-by-step video about the poor man’s copyright, and though it mentions at the end that the mail-it-to-yourself trick won’t hold up well in court, the video still presents it as a viable option. It seems that the tactic may be more valuable in the U.K. and France (where it’s known as the ‘Soleau envelope’).”

This Summer, Have Some Curated Art With Your Large Pop Music Festival

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“Lollapalooza has it all. Except art. Specifically, a big, thoughtfully curated art show. And so, this summer, Lollapalooza is getting a group exhibition so enormous that, if street artist/curator Shepard Fairey has his way, its largest murals will stay in Chicago long after the buzzsaw thump of Skrillex dislodges your brain stem.”

Are The Digital Humanities A False God?


“Here is the future, we are made to understand: we can either get on board or stand athwart it and get run over. The same kind of revolutionary rhetoric appears again and again in the new books on the digital humanities, from writers with very different degrees of scholarly commitment and intellectual sophistication.”

The Myth Of The “Poor Man’s Copyright”

“The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a ‘poor man’s copyright.’ There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration.”