Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio is a music reviewer for WORLD Magazine and one of its original contributors from 1986. Arsenio resides in China. Follow him on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

Sounds and visions

Music | Noteworthy new or recent releases
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/30/20, 03:58 pm

Loudspeakers by Charles Amirkhanian: Reviewing Charles Amirkhanian’s Walking Tune 21 years ago, the critic Jack Sullivan made the following observation: “This sort of thing is hard to take very seriously, but also hard to dislike.” What “this sort of thing” is is sound collage at a very high level of inventive playfulness. And what makes it “hard to dislike” is that it’s “hard to take very seriously.” In other words, it’s fun, or at least some people’s idea of fun. To determine whether it’s yours, skip to this two-disc collection’s 35-minute title suite.

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Vintage sales pitches

Music | Silly ad jingles of the past should inoculate listeners to today’s commercials
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/30/20, 03:55 pm

With the arrival of the Super Bowl, attention turns to that art form known as the advertisement, expensive new examples of which punctuate the contest and often end up generating almost as much comment as the game itself.

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Noteworthy new or recent releases

by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/16/20, 12:00 pm

Folk Music of China, Vol.

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