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Friday, August 01, 2003
'The Magic Circles' is Paul Morley’s elegy for the vanishing 7” vinyl single. Will music soon cease to be associated with physical objects? Morley calls the iPod 'at once a nail in the coffin and some kind of saviour, … an object that seems beautiful enough to honour the history of the popular song as a vast and varied art form, and to be the futuristic replacement to the vinyl single.' It might be beautiful, but as a result 'the physical presence of the popular song is gone.' He concludes (with shades of the KLF ):

At the end of the journey, I say to Kylie, or Kylie says to me: "Some day music will only be air. There will be no objects to hold or fetishise, and people will simply collect lists. No disc, nothing spooled or grooved, no heads to clean, no dust to wipe, no compulsive alphabetising. Nothing to put away in shoeboxes or spare cupboards, and be embarrassed about. A chip inside us and inside the chip a route to all the music that there ever was, which we can compile and organise and reorganise and reorganise and merge with and feel into and in whatever way possible find the time to listen to, and we'll need the time, all the time that music finds the time to press into.

More scattered links. We like the Glasses Project at Miss Ashley: 'an experiment in repetition and the effects of americana on strangers in the supermarket' (the object gallery is also beautiful) / more photos at absenter / Japanese apartment buildings are seriously austere / very clever '3D' gif gallery.

The official site for Roobarb and Custard - keep re-loading to hear the intoxicating theme tune again and again / after the American Gallery of Psychiatric Art, we now have the Japanese gallery of Psychiatric Art (via geisha asobi) / modern living, neat, strangely futile flash animations / handy: how to catch a magic bullet / Wandsworth Borough council has equipped its registery office with two wedding cams / Steam Powered will do clever things like give you free games (Half Life included, apparently) if you install it.

In stark contrast to yesterday’s shiny stainless steel Jacob Jensen-designed B&O pieces, here are some vintage phonographs at Old Crank (via Fiendish is the word) / apropos of absolutely nothing. What makes the new MINI supremely great is all down to its Germanic design and engineering – qualities the country has long since excelled at. Sadly, what makes it supremely irritating its wholly British image and advertising campaign, highlighting how Britain excels at vapid creativity, rather than manufacturing.

Archive of imagery and recollections about recorded migration into the UK (via BBC) / Purse Lip Square Jaw, a weblog / all sorts of contemporary debris at monochrom, e.g errors / the pin-up art of Gil Elvgren / Josep Lluis Sert's Fundació Miró, Barcelona (related: more Barcelona and Miro) / Mastication is normal has kindly offered to judge books by their covers - i.e. how to approach the same subject from different angles, and the subversion of the designer's trade ('this cover is nothing short of perfect'). We'd also recommend occasional things contributor Alan Powers’ book Front Cover, and his forthcoming Children's Book Covers for dust-jacket junkies.

The story of rabbits in Western Australia, a companion piece, one might say, to Danielle Olsen’s Dividing Australia.