A Unique Perspective On Concert Photography From A Blind Music Fan, Ahmad Zaghal

Sinead O’Connor blasts Simon Cowell for ‘murder of music’; Annie Lennox slams music video ‘pornography’

He says the explosion of the music blogosphere 10 years back put a world of music at his fingertips. Today, he navigates the physical world with similar ease, often leaving his cane at home. I like to travel light, he says even if that means descending a precarious staircase to see a punk band stomp around a cluttered basement. Its a set of stairs, he says. Its like every other set of stairs. On a recent Thursday night, there are no stairs to navigate at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, which is hosting Sonic Circuits, an annual festival of experimental music now in its 13th year. Itll be a loud one. The kind that makes your bone marrow softly vibrate. The kind Zaghal particularly enjoys. He always wears earplugs to protect his hearing, but one of his most cherished concert memories was catching My Bloody Valentine, the Irish rock band that sounds like a melodic plane crash. Ive been telling people that the loudness [was] more of a physical thing than an auditory thing, Zaghal says. Ive never felt anything like that at a show, before or since. At the Sonic Circuits performance, the most powerful vibrations come during a set from SEMISOLID , the stage name of local electronic musician Chester Hawkins. Clad in a Motorhead T-shirt and sipping a bottle of beer, Hawkins uses a tabletop of synthesizers to create ominous swells of synthetic sound. When the music begins to resemble a video arcade practicing meditative breathing, Zaghal reaches for his iPhone.

By Chiderah Monde / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, October 6, 2013, 12:22 PM Comment Sinead O’Connor name-checked Simon Cowell as a murderer of music in a new interview, following her Miley Cyrus open letter rants. After Sinead O’Connor ripped Miley Cyrus and the music industry for promoting “prostitution,” the Irish singer got even more specific with the name droppingrailing music executives like Simon Cowell for their hand in what she considers the “murder” of music. “I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll,” O’Connor, 47, said in an interview with Ireland’s “Late Late Show,” according to E! News. RELATED: SINEAD O’CONNOR FIRES BACK AT MILEY CYRUS AGAIN “Because of Simon Cowell, (and others, like TV music judge) Louis Walsh. It all amounts to the murder of music.” The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer caused a stir after posting an open letter to Cyrus , 20, on her website, cautioning her not to become a “prostitute” of the music industry. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images British singer Annie Lennox also slammed new music videos from young female singers as pornography. In the lengthy post Thursday, O’Connor said Cyrus was perpetuating a sexist system in which music execs make money off of talented, but hyper-sexualized women. The motherly gesture wasn’t well received by the “We Can’t Stop” singer, thus igniting a back-and-forth between the two that O’Connor said is now “over.” RELATED: SINEAD OCONNOR TO MILEY CYRUS: DON’T LET THEM ‘PROSTITUTE’ YOU “There’s a certain alarm that needs to be rung and I know there are a lot of musicians around the country and around the world that will agree,” she continued in the TV interview. “The power of rock ‘n’ roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all this worship of fame, ‘Pop Idol,’ ‘X Factor,’ all this stuff.” RELATED: MILEY CYRUS HOSTS AND PERFORMS ON SNL The ‘No More I Love You’s’ singer didn’t name Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears in her Facebook rant, but alluded to their raunchy new videos as ‘new lows.’ Similarly, musician Annie Lennox appeared to second O’Connor’s concerns, speaking out against the “pornographic” music videos from female singers bombarding the Internet and television in a lengthy Facebook post. Without naming Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spearswhose recently released music videos have warranted backlash for their racinessLennox, 58, wrote that she is “disturbed and dismayed” at the overt sexuality. RELATED: RIHANNA TWERKS, SWINGS AROUND STRIPPER POLE IN POUR IT UP MUSIC VIDEO “You know the ones I’m talking about,” she wrote.