Geeta Dayal is creating articles and books about vintage electronic music, art and tech
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Hi! I'm Geeta. For the past 15 years, I've been a professional journalist and critic, focusing on the outer reaches of music and sound. I've written for lots of major publications, including The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wired, Slate, Spin, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Frieze. I've written over a thousand articles and reviews on a wide range of subjects, ranging from electronic music and art to neuroscience and robotics. I wrote a critically acclaimed book about Brian Eno (Another Green World, published as part of the 33 1/3 series) which Eno raved about, telling me it was the only really great book ever written about his work. 

Unearthing the strange and fascinating history of electronic music -- from the 1940s onwards -- is my specialty. I've gone out of my way to do interviews with hundreds of composers, artists, and musicians. I've interviewed synthesizer inventors, hackers, and famous science fiction authors. I've traveled to rural Indiana to watch scientists shoot heavy bass frequencies through cannons in cornfields at midnight. You can read through some of the hundreds of articles I've written on a wide variety of subjects here. The common thread running through all of my best work is that I've always taken the path of MOST resistance -- to go several steps further, to dig deeper than what's readily available. To not just repeat what's already out there, but to add new research to the world, and strange new ideas. I've sought out dusty boxes in hidden garages in California and secret libraries in Germany to find tapes that no one thought existed. Artists, musicians and composers cutting across generations trust me to not get facts wrong. 

But now I need your help. The current atmosphere in journalism is hostile to those of us who specialize in long, cerebral explorations of the fringes of human endeavor. I'm not interested in writing meaningless clickbait to maximize page views. I write for some very prestigious publications, but the pay per article has tumbled since I started 15 years ago. Word counts have gone down too. I can keep doing quality long-form work, if the readers who really care about this stuff kick in $1, or $3, or $5 or $10 each month. Support smart, creative, thoughtful writing on music. Think of it like buying me a cup of coffee or a new pencil every month. If there are enough of you, I'll be able to continue doing this. If not, I may have to stop completely, which would be sad for me and sad for music, too. Thanks!
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Give $5 per month and receive a monthly photo essay with insights on the process of writing. See the notes, snapshots, sketches, and Oblique Strategies cards. Witness for yourself the agony of putting a massive piece together.
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Give $10 or more per month and get access to incredible interviews which haven't been published. Want to read a funny note from Brian Eno? Or the entirety of a 2000-word interview with Steve Reich before it got sliced up to 800 words for publication? I'll put it together for you to read. 
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Give $25 per month and you'll receive all of the above, plus a free CD or vinyl record (your choice) of interesting experimental music. And you'll be thanked in my next book!
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Give $100 or more per month and get one-on-one coaching and consulting on your writing projects, plus all of the other benefits above!
Hi! I'm Geeta. For the past 15 years, I've been a professional journalist and critic, focusing on the outer reaches of music and sound. I've written for lots of major publications, including The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wired, Slate, Spin, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Frieze. I've written over a thousand articles and reviews on a wide range of subjects, ranging from electronic music and art to neuroscience and robotics. I wrote a critically acclaimed book about Brian Eno (Another Green World, published as part of the 33 1/3 series) which Eno raved about, telling me it was the only really great book ever written about his work. 

Unearthing the strange and fascinating history of electronic music -- from the 1940s onwards -- is my specialty. I've gone out of my way to do interviews with hundreds of composers, artists, and musicians. I've interviewed synthesizer inventors, hackers, and famous science fiction authors. I've traveled to rural Indiana to watch scientists shoot heavy bass frequencies through cannons in cornfields at midnight. You can read through some of the hundreds of articles I've written on a wide variety of subjects here. The common thread running through all of my best work is that I've always taken the path of MOST resistance -- to go several steps further, to dig deeper than what's readily available. To not just repeat what's already out there, but to add new research to the world, and strange new ideas. I've sought out dusty boxes in hidden garages in California and secret libraries in Germany to find tapes that no one thought existed. Artists, musicians and composers cutting across generations trust me to not get facts wrong. 

But now I need your help. The current atmosphere in journalism is hostile to those of us who specialize in long, cerebral explorations of the fringes of human endeavor. I'm not interested in writing meaningless clickbait to maximize page views. I write for some very prestigious publications, but the pay per article has tumbled since I started 15 years ago. Word counts have gone down too. I can keep doing quality long-form work, if the readers who really care about this stuff kick in $1, or $3, or $5 or $10 each month. Support smart, creative, thoughtful writing on music. Think of it like buying me a cup of coffee or a new pencil every month. If there are enough of you, I'll be able to continue doing this. If not, I may have to stop completely, which would be sad for me and sad for music, too. Thanks!

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Pledge $1 or more per month
76 patrons
Give $1 per month and receive a personalized thank-you note, written in Kraftwerk-esque German.
Pledge $5 or more per month
35 patrons
Give $5 per month and receive a monthly photo essay with insights on the process of writing. See the notes, snapshots, sketches, and Oblique Strategies cards. Witness for yourself the agony of putting a massive piece together.
Pledge $10 or more per month
$10 or more per month 27 patrons
Give $10 or more per month and get access to incredible interviews which haven't been published. Want to read a funny note from Brian Eno? Or the entirety of a 2000-word interview with Steve Reich before it got sliced up to 800 words for publication? I'll put it together for you to read. 
Pledge $25 or more per month
12 patrons
Give $25 per month and you'll receive all of the above, plus a free CD or vinyl record (your choice) of interesting experimental music. And you'll be thanked in my next book!
Pledge $100 or more per month
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Give $100 or more per month and get one-on-one coaching and consulting on your writing projects, plus all of the other benefits above!