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Re: From Africa With Fury: Rise by Seun Kuti

PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:18 pm
by howard male
The fact of the matter is that the Arts Desk is a collective without an all-seeing editor as such. Emphasis is placed on getting reviews up before anyone else, and so although one or two people do give stuff the once-over, it’s not always done as promptly as it might be. Also, this arrangement is a loose one, so sometimes stuff still gets missed or not tidied up until later in the day. But take a look at the Guardian – even I pick up on all the typos in there – but then again it’s always easy to see them in someone else’s work that you’ve not spent the previous three hours staring at in order to make other kinds of improvements.

The fact you say “work on them until they no longer occur” shows how little you understand about dyslexia. It’s like telling someone to work on their stutter until it no longer occurs. Most stutters get their affliction under control but they never truly get rid of it. I can’t tell you how hard I’ve tried to be more vigilant about making sure my copy is clean. But I clearly still have these blind spots and no amount of scanning the work before it goes on line will eliminate them. Especially when it’s two in the morning, my eyes ache, my brains stopped, and I’ve still got to spend an hour just putting the piece up with all its links, pull quotes, captions and photos. So just give me a break, man!

Re: From Africa With Fury: Rise by Seun Kuti

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:09 pm
by Jonathan E.
I said, "Sorry, Howard", didn't I?

But you know, it's just like hitting bum notes, playing out of tune, not keeping the rhythm — it's a technical deficiency of craft that spoils the performance. No one says it's easy, but equally no one really gets a lot of credit just for trying hard; we're out of kindergarten now. Unfortunately, with digital technology, etc. a lot of standards that used to be thought of as reasonable levels of professional competence have been allowed to collapse.

Interesting to hear how The Arts Desk works. Perhaps given that concept, what I'm commenting upon is a necessary evil.

Btw, I had a speech defect when young. Now, I just blame it on being English.

Re: From Africa With Fury: Rise by Seun Kuti

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:30 pm
by howard male
It’s always been a necessary ‘evil’ as you put it Jonathan (I’d be more inclined to just call it a fact of life) since words and human error first collided.

Today I read two reviews in the same issue of a national broadsheet that had glaring errors. One where two words had been put in the wrong order, and the other (ironically enough in a Seun Kuti CD review) where a whole word was absent (“brass” before the word “section” as I recall). You see, I too can spot mistakes, as long as they're other people's. But anyway, they just made me smile - so may I suggest you also adopt this attitude?

Re: From Africa With Fury: Rise by Seun Kuti

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:23 pm
by Jonathan E.
I shocked, quite utterly shocked, at this suggestion. Smiling is . . . well, it's so smiley.

Obviously standards are slipping all round.

Re: From Africa With Fury: Rise by Seun Kuti

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:08 pm
by Jonathan E.
Had my first listen (and a half) — and I must note that there is some severe low-end sound reinforcement on several tracks that I found . . . disturbing, like the house was falling down. I have some new speakers, a long way from high-end models, that I'm not very used to listening on so I'm not sure if I'm hearing things just so, but I sure hope there was some discussion in the mixing room about these effects. They could probably induce vertigo and falling over on a large system — and who knows on headphones and mp3s. Otherwise . . . yes, the Fela legacy continues and it's a pretty tight album. I'm not sure where it will end up in my list of 2011 releases. I hate to admit it, but I've grown a little disenchanted with the Afrobeat enthusiasms of the day.

Re: From Africa With Fury: Rise by Seun Kuti

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:52 pm
by Jonathan E.
Played the most offending track on my other system and the sound was not so disturbing — so make of that what you will. I think I make a new sound system being necessary out of it.