Nick Cave, the Sydney Opera House’s Spirit Animal

NICK CAVE, THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE’S SPIRIT CREATURE. (Photo of Nick soundchecking in the Concert Hall in 2013. I found this on Pinterest without a photographer’s credit, sadly.) . . My book is available at editionsballard.etsy.com . . One of the strongest threads running through the book is how the Sydney Opera House has become … Continue reading Nick Cave, the Sydney Opera House’s Spirit Animal

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Calculating the weight of rock’n’roll

With my Sydney Opera House book now complete I’m now thinking about how to continue combining music and architecture criticism, particularly focused on how rock’n’roll is evolving as an artform within cultural institutions. Two days ago Nick Cave sent out this message to everyone on his mailing list: “I’ve been feeling for a while that … Continue reading Calculating the weight of rock’n’roll

Sydney Opera House book synopsis

Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous buildings on the planet. A powerful magnet, luring visitors from around the world to its ridiculously beautiful harbourside setting to photograph themselves against the dramatically sculptural assembly of its upended, nestled white roof shells. Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao with its billowing titanium … Continue reading Sydney Opera House book synopsis

All the Details Matter … Incremental Technological Change

“We’re building something here, detective. We’re building it from scratch. All the pieces matter.” Lester Freamon. The Wire This abstract photo is of the spotlights set flush into the floor along the front windows of the Apple Store in Sydney’s CBD. Going into the Apple Store yesterday was a valuable reminder of the value of … Continue reading All the Details Matter … Incremental Technological Change

FROM GALLEY PROOF TO FLAWLESS BOOK … ADMIRING WILLIAM GIBSON

“She’d yet to see a book in any Bigendian environment. He was a creature of screens, of bare expanses of desk or table, empty shelves. He owned, as far as she knew, no art. In some way, she suspected, he regarded it as competition, noise to his signal.” . It never fails to astonish me … Continue reading FROM GALLEY PROOF TO FLAWLESS BOOK … ADMIRING WILLIAM GIBSON

MUSIC and ARCHITECTURE PUBLISHING, A PRONOUNCEMENT

      I’ve begun a small publishing concern for handsome brochure length works that exist at the crossroads where architecture and music meet. It’s a life affirming activity. Concentrating on buildings, particularly mid to late 20th century civic buildings, that are remaining useful through the ingenuity and resourcefulness of those who use them reinvigorating … Continue reading MUSIC and ARCHITECTURE PUBLISHING, A PRONOUNCEMENT