Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Musician by Erik Satie

An artist must regulate his life. Here is a time-table of my daily acts. I rise at 7.18; am inspired from 10.23 to 11.47. I lunch at 12.11 and leave the table at 12.14. A healthy ride on horse-back round my domain follows from 1.19 pm to 2.53 pm. Another bout of inspiration from 3.12 to 4.7 pm. From 5 to 6.47 pm various occupations (fencing, reflection, immobility, visits, contemplation, dexterity, natation, etc.) Dinner is served at 7.16 and finished at 7.20 pm. From 8.9 to 9.59 pm symphonic readings (out loud). I go to bed regularly at 10.37 pm. Once a week (on Tuesdays) I awake with a start at 3.14 am. My only nourishment consists of food that is white: eggs, sugar, shredded bones, the fat of dead animals, veal, salt, coco-nuts, chicken cooked in white water, mouldy fruit, rice, turnips, sausages in camphor, pastry, cheese (white varieties), cotton salad, and certain kinds of fish (without their skin). I boil my wine and drink it cold mixed with the juice of the Fuschia. I have a good appetite but never talk when eating for fear of strangling myself. I breathe carefully (a little at a time) and dance very rarely. When walking I hold my ribs and look steadily behind me. My expression is very serious; when I laugh it is unintentional, and I always apologise very politely. I sleep with only one eye closed, very profoundly. My bed is round with a hole in it for my head to go through. Every hour a servant takes my temperature and gives me another. from

Monday, February 25, 2013

violin sketches

violins1 violins2 I was listening to "VERRANDO, G.: Dulle Griet / String Quartet No. 3 / Il ruvido dettaglio celebrato da Aby Warburg / Triptych #2 (Mdi Ensemble, RepertorioZero, Valade)" and it got me sketching some ideas on violin. Here are a couple of drafts.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Damien Hirst

“It’s as if the artist is the animal and the painting is the record of the artist’s tracks through space and time … I did not want just a record, but rather the actual movement.” speaking about "A Hundred Years" Black Ritual is the most important piece of artwork that I have ever experienced. I expected one thing with my initial conception of the work and was lead through a process by the artist that revealed something entirely other. It still engages my mind years later.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Toy Piano Envelope Follower

ToyPF with Envelope Follower 

I was pretty obsessed with the envelope follower as I was using it to smooth out some video. I couldn't resist creating some audio though. I took some toy piano material and made this little experiment and then a quick mix. It need to be trimmed down to something a little shorter I believe, but there are some great moments. While this won't likely make it into the toy piano piece I am working on, it is a fun little sketch. I took the various layers of envelope following and mapped some to a sine wave, a filter and just to itself. This was then rendered and notched in two auxiliary tracks where one was outside the range of the toyPF and used resonators to shape the space, the other was within and was processed to bring out some of the interesting artifacts. Finally a raw version of just toy piano was added, with an aux track using a very long and low level convolution reverb to open up the space a bit. The mixing is very quick and not precise enough, but still I find it fun to listen to.

I found this great tutorial on Envelope Following in the cycling 74 wiki. Very useful page I hadn't come upon. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Russian Commercials 1980's

This is an astounding collection of imagery. The evolution of style, the composition and the purpose.... There are so many great moments. As a whole it is a cohesive body of work, there are moments that are transcendent.... "LET YOUR CHILDREN BE BORN ALIVE". You can feel the precision with which the acting is extracted. I really enjoy the group dancing and vegetable commercials. Part PSA, part chauvinist glamour sales. There are occasionally non set pieces that seem to be coming from a more realist school. The use of more folksy looking people reinforces this. Why do they re-record American pop songs? There is a choice made on every aspect and still the seems show. Again, I am so intoxicated with the imagery, pacing and compositional choices. It is worth putting this information that comes from the BoingBoing post where I learned about this.
In 1967, Estonia was founded the creative association "Reklamfilm Estonian / Eesti reklaamfilm" - the only one at that time in the Soviet Union studio, specialized in production kinoteleradioreklamy and "representational" commercials on the orders of the enterprises of trade, industry, services and amenities, colleges, vocational schools , traffic police and other organizations in the Soviet Union, this company for the production of television commercials was the work of a new and at that time quite bold. But among Estonian documentary was a very energetic person - Eedu Ojamaa. It was he who was able to implement such a complex idea in the USSR State Committee for Cinematography. "Estonian Reklamfilm" soon became the largest advertising company of the Soviet Union. He released a year nearly 350 commercials, and also created a lot of documentaries. The company has been amended in Leningrad and Moscow and Riga branch of executed orders for the Union. Among the customers were and Finnish companies. Until 1992, the "Estonian Reklamfilm" took more than 6,000 commercials and movies. It is clear that under socialism, the absence of private ownership and competition television advertising had a slightly different look and pursued a very different purpose. The director, advertisers still did not have the strict limits and constraints, which are now exhibited customers promotional TV program. So they used all their creativity to create a bright memorable quality product. For objective reasons, most subjectively and commercials, produced by the company, did not survive. This anthology - a collection of the private collection of Harry Egipta - a former director and screenwriter "Estonian Reklamfilma", called his colleagues "Norshtein advertising" for unusual associative moments in his work similar to the work of the author of "Hedgehog in the Fog". Credo Egipta in television commercials - catchy individual style fast in those days "video clip" assembly, original music and songs, and of course, beautiful women!

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Electro magnetic Frequencies. A tale of doom in the end. The opening has some interesting facts.

Friday, February 08, 2013

inspiring use of color

Thursday, February 07, 2013

videos de music

experimental art

"what do you know and how do you know it?" Aristotle. I started thinking on this question and one of things that my brain hit upon is that I create experimental art and one of the ways that I know about exploration is through sailing/cruising. Kinesthetic learning in an alternate domain. Haven't figured out why I enjoy this pictures of concrete textures yet. Likely it has to do with seeing the movement of material and process revealed in a solid.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

John Baldessari