M'learned colleague and friend Paul Schütze has made several of his recent works available for free download at his site, including 'Dressing The Air', originally installed for the Radical Fashion exhibition at the V&A, London; and 'Partial Site', an improvisation around two of the Siteworks series.
Simultaneously, I'm reminded of another recent discovery - Adam Greenfield's piece on the relationship between sound, live performance, and space, entitled "Waiting for the gift of sound and vision: Electronic music, interface, and experience". Adam approaches from an IA/design perspective, but an extremely well-informed one, as with his previous pieces on the Prada store in NYC, and 9/11. Very interesting, and beautifully written. I'm reminded of Brian Eno's comments about interfaces in Swollen Appendices - about the richness of the guitar as a physical interface, say, compared to the paucity of many digital products at the time. Similarly Paul Schütze's work has often interrogated the boundaries between live and sequenced music; between improvisation and composition. It also addresses - directly and obliquely, formally and informally - issues around sound, space, sense, memory, architecture, cities etc. and is certainly worth checking out if you're interested in any of these things, imho.
Paul also posted an excellent riposte/addition to my earlier jumbled piece-ette on the essence of art, design, craft, and everyday life. He and I regularly disagree on this, and hopefully will continue to do so ;) But Paul's comment is certainly worth reading, not least as it's far more considered and informed than my opening salvo, but also as it raises some fundamentally important questions about the process of inspiration and craft. And it draws Joel Schumacher and David Lynch together to critique Frank Gehry. Scroll on.