Oil Balls

aka Har$
3 min readDec 31, 2021

Amsterdam, 31/12/2021, 08:59 —
Outside it is moist and grey. The Weather app on my iPhone’s home screen shows a 13 degrees Celsius. “Highest temperatures ever measured in Holland on a Saint Sylvester’s Day!”, a national News site’s app’s notifications claim.

I did not look at the rest that makes up the ceaseless mix of shouts ’n’ pics ’n’ links ’n’ things that keeps pouring out of my cyber tap. A mix of facts, fictions & falsehoods, a stream of non-facts, lies truths, and things somewhere in between, that to differing degrees will overlap, but also always remain quite different from each of yours.

Of course. Its universal feel notwithstanding, let’s not forget it is generated by algorithmic feedback loops that meaninglessly build on and pump back maximally what they’re being fed, by you, by me, by myself & I. With as its one and only aim to maximise interactions with the, and hence the feeding of the — stream.
The stream’s sole purpose is to stream.
That makes me puke.
I’m pretty much fully fed up with that.
‘I think maybe you feel the same
What can we do?’
;-) …
But.

09:37 —
Still.
Passing over into 2022, the SoundBlog’s TWENTIETH year of online-ness, here then is a brief rappel of three of our personal highlights, as they shone in the twentieth-minus-one.

___The four brilliant parts released of the Sudoku Solutions on Bandcamp, three sudokoncrete volumes and ‘Sudo, Kiss Me!’, a fully electronic one, to be completed eventually by a final fifth album, with a recording of (a performance of) the sudokist string quartet.

___The ookoi’s persistent writing of their elusive b.ookoi, a process you want to follow. Do it on Bandcamp and Instagram. Or send me your snail mail address, and I will write you a letter.

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aka Har$

is Harold Schellinx, a writer, artist, scientist living, working & roaming Amsterdam & elsewhere (harsmedia.com).