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Noah W.'s blog is full of technological exploration, findings, programming, and the life of a young developer.

Welcome to 2020

A little over ten years ago, in the fall of 2009, all of my friends and friends of friends who were in some sort of garage band at the time decided to hold a concert. It was around Halloween and I remember some folks, myself included, to be in costume. I was dressed as Fred from Scooby Doo.

I don't quite remember why my friends started doing this, it wasn't the first concert they held for our friends, nor was it the last. But I remember this one because I attended sick. As was my girlfriend at the time. I had some sort of cold as was slightly feverish, but not bad enough to stop me from doing the things young people did.

In the apocalyptic red-colored glasses of 2020 this was a terrible idea. For those that don't recall 2009 was the year of the H1N1 outbreak. Obviously there was no way to know that that was or was not going to be the pandemic. We--that is to say humankind--are bad at taking thing seriously until they are very serious. It is very possible that the cold I thought I had was actually H1N1. For the remainder of our relationship, my girlfriend insisted that it was. I pointed out to her repeatedly that I was never tested and therefore it could not be proven. Was there even testing for H1N1? I honestly don't remember.

The last two months have certainly been interesting. I'm not here to talk about COVID-19, there are plenty of places to get information about that. I am here to share some new media, or old media, or just media. I've been consuming more of it and I presume you might be as well. The inspiration for me to write this post has actually been "Where is My Mind" by The Pixies. It's an amazing song that really speaks to me right now and somehow speaks to my emotions...beyond the fact that sometimes I really don't know where my mind is right now. Hopefully you know where yours is. If not let's find them together.

Published: 4/17/2020 10:04 PM

Article by: Noah

The Tallest Man on Earth

I don't normally do music reviews, or much talk about the music I even listen to, for that matter. However, one of my favorite artists released a collaboration EP with the yMusic Ensemble. That artist would be The Tallest Man on Earth (TTMoE). Obviously, he is not literally the tallest man on earth, but that is the pseudonym he goes by. When I first starting listening to his music around 2010, it was a fresh sound for me. His style is very...raw. Many of the people I've introduced him to could not get past his voice. He sings in a very raw, scratchy style in what I would describe as modern folk music; this is not to be confused with indie folk. Almost all of his albums are him with an acoustic guitar, recording wherever he sees fit, often outside so you can hear birds and bugs in the background.

The Tallest Man on Earth with yMusic

The EP that came out in late July is fantastic. It combines the pastoral qualities I love about TTMoE, and adding in classical chamber ensemble music mixed in. Having that most the songs on the EP are available on one of his other albums helps make a nice comparison. If you're new to TTMoE, this EP might be a nice way to ease into his style.

As the weather begins to cool down here in Cleveland, I have a feeling I'll be listening to a lot more TTMoE as my autumn artist of choice.

Listen Now

You can buy a digital copy or preorder a vinyl from the TTMoE website. You can also stream it from a variety of services.

Stream Now

You can also stream it right from soundcloud below.

Published: 9/2/2017 11:40 AM

Article by: Noah