in honor of its upcoming re-edition, here is what could be my favorite record. stumbled upon robert ashley when i was working at PS1 and paul pinto performed `love is a good example`. the drony bed music, the stretching of the voice between automatic and humanistic, the words jumping from electrical engineering to physiological heartbeats caught me off guard. perfect lives is a 7-part opera for radio. this particular record includes the opening (the park (privacy rules)) and the closing (the backyard (t'be continued)). both are 21:43 in length. the whole set was also televised, and is one of the first pieces to include computer graphics -which haven't aged that well. recommended listening for when you're doing nothing, and wish you were in the mind of the american foster child of joyce and beckett.