Phil is an associate professor of musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the author of the book Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture (a cultural history of hipness from the 1930s through the 1960s), the long-running blog Dial 'M' for Musicology, and various essays that have appeared in places like Representations, Journal of Musicology, Musical Quarterly, etc. He's turning out new essays on occult themes and assembling them into ... something. A book of some sort.
Phil is a pianist, rabid Wagnerite, crap Buddhist, Philip K. Dick cultist, degenerate fight fan, promulgator of the Twin Peaks mythos, and avid consulter of the I Ching. He wishes that just for once he had an enthusiasm that he didn't have to apologize for or explain to his academic peers.
Episode | October 31st, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
hyperstition, idealism, jorge luis borges, metaphysics
Phil and JF discuss the classic tale, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.
Episode | October 24th, 2018 | 1 hr 16 mins
art, music, technology, transhumanism
JF and Phil discuss the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould's prophetic essay, "The Prospects of Recording."
Episode | October 14th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
dreams, film, kubrick, sexuality
Phil and JF discuss Stanley Kubrick's final masterpiece.
Episode | October 9th, 2018 | 1 hr 15 mins
hp lovecraft, philip k dick, self, weird fiction
Phil and JF try to distill the essence of H. P. Lovecraft's monumental work.
Episode | October 2nd, 2018 | 1 hr 4 mins
morality, music, romanticism
The search for the music of the weird continues with a discussion on Bob Dylan and Franz Liszt.
Episode | September 26th, 2018 | 1 hr 18 mins
cinema, ligeti, music, ornette coleman
Phil and JF discuss two powerful pieces of music: Ligeti's Musica Ricercata, second movement, and the opening music to Cronenberg's Naked Lunch, composed by Howard Shore and featuring Ornette Coleman.
Episode | September 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 18 mins
glass age, michael garfield, modernity
JF and Phil talk to artist and thinker Michael Garfield about his idea that we are living in the final days of the Age of Glass.
Episode | September 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 20 mins
art, crime, david cronenberg, drugs, william s. burroughs
Phil and JF discuss David Cronenberg's 1991 film, "Naked Lunch," an adaptation of William S. Burroughs' hallucinatory classic.
Episode | August 28th, 2018 | 58 mins 23 secs
lionel snell, magic, ramsey dukes, trickery
Phil and JF discuss magic with occult thinker and practicing magician Lionel Snell, also known as Ramsey Dukes.
Episode | August 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 43 mins
event, presence, virtuality
Phil and JF meet in person to discuss the mysteries of presence and event.
Episode | August 1st, 2018 | 1 hr 9 mins
Phil and JF talk with American philosopher Joshua Ramey about his work on chance, contingency, and divination.
Episode | July 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 5 mins
art, camp, cinema, irony
Phil and JF continue to muse on Philip K. Dick's line, "the symbols of the divine initially show up at the trash stratum."
Episode | July 4th, 2018 | 1 hr 15 mins
Phil and JF muse on Philip K. Dick's line, "the symbols of the divine initially show up at the trash stratum."
Episode | June 20th, 2018 | 1 hr 8 mins
art, ontology, phenomenology, religion
A discussion on the past and future of the podcast, and the nature of the conversation unfolding therein.
Episode | June 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
consciousness, pansychism, philosophy, william james
Phil and JF continue (begin?) their discussion of William James's essay "Does Consciousness Exist"?
Episode | June 6th, 2018 | 47 mins 35 secs
consciousness, idealism, materialism, william james
JF and Phil do everything in their power to delay the moment where they will actually discuss William James' essay, "Does 'Consciousness' Exist?".