Listened Will mind-controlled films change cinema? Chips with Everything podcast by Jordan Erica Webber from the Guardian

The movie industry has seen tech advances since its inception. But do audiences really want to have a say in a film’s plot?

Jordan Erica Webber is joined by the chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, David Schwartz, and Dr Polina Zioga, director the Interactive Filmmaking Lab, at Staffordshire University. This look back at the beginnings of film, as well as the future of a personalised experience.
Listened IRL Podcast IRL Podcast: Press Play from

One of the most successful recruitment tools the U.S. Army ever made was… a video game? Find out how gaming elements in tech have infiltrated our online and offline lives.

Veronica Belmont and co-pilot Ashley Carman take a look at gamification in everyday life. One example of this is notifications on smartphones, likes and retweets on Twitter or the endorsements on Linkedin.
Listened Hi Viz (album) - Wikipedia from
Hi Viz (typeset as HI VIZ) is the fourth studio album by Australian electronic duo The Presets. The album was released in Australia by Modular Recordings on 1 June 2018.
This album starts off where past offerings have finished. Driving beats, grinding synths and Julian Hamilton’s voice. However, there is the additional of guest vocals from Alison Wonderland and the DMAs. It is interesting how this provides a different flavour.

I would place this on the shelf between Jacques Lu Cont and the Chemical Brothers.

Listened An Indieweb Podcast: Episode 8 – Interflux by David ShanskeDavid Shanske from David Shanske
In this episode, Chris and I recap our takeaways and stories from the Indieweb Summit 2018 last month in Portland, Oregon, discuss Microsub, Vouch, and other ideas.
Interesting listening as always. It will be interesting to see the development of the IndieWeb reader(s). I too enjoyed both a Parecki’s posts and it is helping make more sense of the various parts.
Listened God's Favorite Customer - Wikipedia from
God's Favorite Customer (or Mr Tillman's Wild Ride) is the fourth studio album by American musician Josh Tillman under the stage name Father John Misty. It was released by Sub Pop and Bella Union on June 1, 2018.
There is something compelling about this album. It’s sorrowful hope really grabbed me. Made me stop, listen and reflect.

I would place it on the shelf between Augie March and Mercury Rev.

Listened Florence and the Machine’s new feminist sensibility from The Economist
At a time when many female performers struggle to combine power and vulnerability, Ms Welch delivers a much-needed complexity. Among this year’s crop of rock, hip-hop and pop singers, successful acts such as Cardi B, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa offer songs about real-life dilemmas but rarely allow the emotional walls and computerised beats to fall away. With “High As Hope” Ms Welch makes a virtue of her feminism and her pain.
I am really enjoying the subtly of High as Hope. I feel the strength of Florence and the Machine has always been Welch’s voice. The standout track for me on the album is Hunger.

I would place this album on the shelf between Isaac Gracie and Amy Shark.

Listened A not so diplomatic future from Radio National

Diplomacy is often viewed as a way of smoothing the friction points between states, but international relations are becoming increasingly assertive and highly personal.

In the latest edition of Future Tense, Anthony Funnell takes a look at the current state of diplomacy around the world. From Trump’s focus on hunches and China’s emphasis on ‘us against them’, we certainly live in some testing times.
Listened Feature Album: Amy Shark's anticipated debut album from triple j
On her long-awaited debut album, the Gold Coast success shows off different sides to her sound and showcases the songwriting that's made her such a relatable success.
Love Monster is a bit of a roller-coaster – in a good way. One minute you can imagine Amy Billings singing the songs accompanied by an acoustic guitar, then the next minute the drums and synths kick in. The sound never quite settles.

Being her first full length album I wonder if this mix of styles and sounds is a consequence of time. I would probably put it on the shelf somewhere between Of Monsters and Men and Lorde.