"Anonymity definitely has a branding problem," Stryker told me when we spoke earlier this week. "The guy on the street thinks of the Silk Road [the illicit online marketplace where users pay in bitcoins] and the child pornographers." He went on to say that a lot of the web-privacy battle, both offensive and defensive, only tends to gets covered if it’s sensational. "It’s a lot easier," he told me, "to make a big splash doing something 'trollish.'"
“I was interested in habitual rhythms, and the idea that daily patterns have a rhythmic dimension,” he said. “This project was basically an attempt to ask, ‘What are the rhythms of my life?’” To make the record, House created a program in which the places he visits regularly are matched with certain harmonies. Different keys correspond to different cities, and notes correspond to places inside those cities. One full rotation of the record equals 24 hours, and 365 rotations makes for an 11-minute track. “The key of Major C, with a Major 3rd note on top—that’s the sound of my apartment in Bed-Stuy,” he said, handing over the headphones. The sound was melancholy, but also strangely hopeful. The album will be available for purchase this week at Eyebeam’s bookstore.(2)