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 | December 25th, 2018 | 24 mins 1 sec
academic life, ideology, politics
The final segment of our conversation on hyperstition, i.e., fiction that turns real.
Episode | December 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
hyperstition, magic, metaphysics, occult
JF and Phil talk hyperstitions, entities born in the realm of fantasy that slowly become denizens of the real.
Episode | December 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
art, creative process, individuation, mc richards
Phil and JF discuss the first chapter of "Centering," M.C. Richard's penetrating essay on the artistic process.
Episode | November 21st, 2018 | 55 mins 25 secs
dreams, folklore, robert aickman, weird fiction
JF and Phil discuss Robert Aickman's masterwork of weird fiction, "The Hospice," from his 1975 collection "Cold Hand in Mine."
Episode | November 7th, 2018 | 59 mins 57 secs
aesthetics, duchamp, modern art
JF and Phil discuss the profound effects of Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (the urinal) on the development of the arts since 1917.
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.