As way leads on to way, so shall a simple post lead on to a bunch of other things.

First things, first.  Today’s track of the day comes from a band called isan, a UK based dreamweaving kind of ethereal outfit. I will not provide an in depth analysis of the music itself nor relate to what Freudian impulse I ascribe my liking to (it reminds me of my neighbor’s swing set at dusk in the depths of autumn as my mother would call us home for dinner, a hint of winter stinging our lungs, running home to avoid the ghosts (imagined) and the bad people in the neighborhood (not imagined)) but just say it puts me in a nice place.

A nice place that has made me incredibly productive at work today.  So for the cause of increased productivity, I wanted to share it with you here. Just click on the link below and don’t say I am not doing my all to help our economy. It is not exactly rip roaring rocking music, but just nice. And nice can be nice. And productive. Just click on the link below.

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Digging further into the band from their website, it seems that some of the work they have done has been included on an album called music for museums, a collaboration of some musicians to create a conceptual album akin (I assume) to one of my favorite albums of all time, Brian Eno’s Music for Airports. From isan’s website:

“based on some sound installation work we have been doing for eastside gallery in birmingham, we have contributed a track to support structure‘s music for museums project. it has been launched at the arnolfini gallery in bristol here.”

The track I have included here certainly feels like something one might here in a museum; I would almost encourage some museums to pipe something like this in to their museums or perhaps even have a playlist of sorts that patrons can listen to on their iPod as they stroll through the exhibitions.

To get a copy of music for museums, head on over to Far West’s website. To further entice you, included there are free downloads of previous tracks from a decidedly parallel themes such as music for shopping malls (Parts I, II, and III).

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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