The talk I gave on new age as part of the Experience Music Project pop conference at UCLA in early 2011 finally went online recently. You can sample all of the talks for free here.
To get around apple’s annoying “itunes u” concept which treats these lectures as different than podcasts or regular music tracks, I made it a simple mp3 and uploaded the talk to my own server here.
A couple notes — I’m self-conscious about how this sounds and I don’t always talk this fast; it’s due to the 20 minute time limit. Finished with four minutes to spare, go figure. Also, a slide show of album covers played on the screen behind the podium; the tape pictured above got a laugh.
And finally, there was a little glitch in the title, published as “Flogging A Dead Genre: Resuscitating New Age” rectified very simply with a question mark. It was intended as, “Flogging A Dead Genre? Resuscitating New Age” — a question and answer, and the suggestion that the genre never died, just went into a sort of coma, and has now recovered to a great extent thanks to a new generation of artists coming at it from a very different point of view.
February 24, 2012, 1:14pm