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Saturday, August 18, 2021

Thanks to conceptual artist Sean Dack, the world finally knows how the Cold War-tinged fatalistic prognostications of a late science-fiction writer sound when paired with cheesy 1980s easy listening:

But in a strange booklet of sheet music that was mailed out last week to more than 1,000 people by the Daniel Reich Gallery in Chelsea, [Dionne] Warwick and [Philip K.] Dick share more than page space. They take the stage together in a kind of forced virtual duet, somewhere in the ether between a real and an imagined past. Above musical notes that once provided the heart-touching melody for Ms. Warwick’s 1986 hit “That’s What Friends Are For” (words by Carole Bayer Sager, music by Burt Bacharach), the sheet music substitutes words that Mr. Dick wrote in 1981, a year before his death, from a series of dire and sometimes eerily accurate predictions about the future.

Ms. Warwick sang: “And as far as I’m concerned/I’m glad I got the chance to say/That I do believe I love you.” Mr. Dick’s version might not have quite the same radio potential: Satellites will — key the music — “uncover vast unsuspected high energy phenomena in the universe indicating that there is sufficient mass to collapse the universe.” (He prophesied that this would happen in 1986.)

Listen to the curious mashup yourself. I’m not envisioning a chart-topper.

There’s no hint of ulterior motive, either in the re-lyricized sheet music nor the official press release. But I’m wondering if Dack’s selection of Dionne Warwick for part of his artsy experiment was inspired by her past high-profile association with the doomed Psychic Friends Network.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/18/2007 07:38 PM
Category: Creative, Pop Culture, Publishing
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He uses it as a stepping stone toward reviews of a bunch of overprice Bluetoothed trinkets, but David Pogue brings up a good observation about how external wires are being phased out of our tech toyland:

Yes, wires. If you hadn’t noticed, they’re disappearing at an alarming clip. The cord between your home phone handset and the phone body? Gone. The wire between your cellphone and clip-on earpiece? Gone. The cable from your laptop to the network router? Gone.

Wi-fi Web/network connectivity is probably the most common example of this, at home and work. But if anything, the possibilities for ditching wires are underutilized. For example, I used to have to buy a new data cable every time I bought a new cellphone. But last time, since I got a phone with Bluetooth functions (which practically every phone has now), I smartened up and got a USB-plugin Bluetooth reception dongle. Now, syncing phone and computer is smoother, and I won’t have to buy a new connection interface with my next phone.

More to come, too. Wireless electrical power transmission will take the unplugged setup to bold new levels. Someday, the very concept of external connection wiring for any purpose might be a quaint outmoded technological memory.

The downside? Security holes galore, probably. And I’m sure a couple of decades from now, we’ll all be diagnosed with irradiated tumors, as a result of living in daily wireless crossfire zones. Convenience now, chemo later…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/18/2007 02:24 PM
Category: Wi-Fi
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