Landfill Harmonic

GHOEnvironment, Music


On the outskirts of Asunción, the capital city of Paraguay, sits a small community called Cateura. Situated in a vast floodplain deemed mostly unlivable, it is also home to one of South America’s largest landfills. The 2,500 families of Cateura make their meager livings scavenging through mountains of garbage and reselling anything of value they can find. Favio Chávez first … Read More

5 Great Vocal Songs on Otherwise Instrumental Records


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A great instrumental record is not just a collection of songs without lyrics, but a story told without words. It can be a difficult task, and instrumental albums are a tough sell for most audiences. By and large, people like lyrics in their songs and often skip the instrumental track(s) on a traditional rock/pop record. This list is meant to … Read More

Cutting Up Copyright

GHOCopyright, Music

Kutiman Thru You Too

Late in September 2014, Israeli musician/composer Kutiman released his newest album, Thru You Too, which is comprised entirely of unrelated YouTube clips. The visual quality of the clips varies greatly, which can be jarring, but the overall effect is impressive. Below is track 4, “Give It Up.” Sampling is tricky business, and can easily become tedious or unintentionally comedic. But … Read More

Sound and Vision

GHOAudio, Preservation


In 1860, 17 years before Thomas Edison first recorded himself on tinfoil, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville recorded himself singing a snippet of “Au Clair de la Lune” on a device he called a phonautograph, a rudimentary approximation of the anatomy of the human ear. In a May 19, 2014 New Yorker article titled, “A Voice from the Past,” Alec Wilkinson … Read More

Space and Place in the 21st Century Library

GHOArchitecture, Environment, Libraries, Use Configuration

Mansueto Library

Libraries are changing. Advances in information technology have created a vast proliferation of digital resources and the physical spaces of libraries are transforming as a result. Collections of resources move underground, off-site, or onto the Web to make room for new technologies and services. Library patrons increasingly visit libraries less to find information and more for the experience of discovery. … Read More

An Analog Past to a Digital Future

GHOAudio, Copyright, Digitization, Music

Talking Phonograph

Music is a fundamental form of human communication, and it has existed in some form or another in every culture and in every time period of human history. Unfortunately, the formats used to record music are deteriorating, and culturally and historically valuable musical recordings are being lost forever. There is, however, no way of knowing how many musical recordings have … Read More