Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Art Clothes

Like many, I had little admiration for the fashion industry until Project Runway opened my eyes a bit. What is on the other end of this link, though, blows all that shit away and has opened my eyes to the possibilities...


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Improvisation on Indiana Jones

Once again I was privileged to be a part of the WRVU Ore Theatre Intangible Show last Saturday night. Tony never ceases to rock the fuckin house with his masterful mixing (and also just the fact that he is doing what he is doing.) Anyway, here's the link to check out our improvisation on Indiana Jones (its a long story.) It turned out fantastic - I'm so happy to be a part of this radio show,.. only good things will come I'm sure!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

the beauty of the path (and harry partch)

ah - if words could only express sometimes the immenseness of musical inspiration and experience. I feel overwhelmed most of the time with how many wonderful musical experiences there are out there yet to be discovered - through new composers, new instruments, new musicians, etc. but that is part of the beauty of this journey we take, that it is a never-ending yet always widening path into the universally infinite.

Not sure why I'm feeling so poetic, but Im sure some of it has to do with the fact that I just watched a great BBC documentary (available on youtube) about Harry Partch. I had been vaguely familiar with his name and the fact he was a musical experimenter - but, as with life, a series of events led me to this moment of understanding and wonder:

I was watching a rather lame documentary about Tom Waits (lame bc it was a bunch of british journalists and critics analyzing his music... a whole other diatribe in and of itself) but of course Partch was a big influence on Waits from the middle of his career onwards. So, of course, I set out to find out more about this man.

All of this is of course alongside my reading of "The Experience of Harmony" which discusses natural tuning systems, which Partch connected with deeply- well, exclusively in fact.

And then I remembered, probably 2 or 3 years ago at least, happening upon a great site where you could actually play these crazy, naturally tuned, 20th century instruments. of course, they were inventions of Partch. Luckily I found the website again tonight (practically by accident - - - or was it, haha) anyway, please check it out - have fun playing his various toys - and allow your experiences thus to lead you in whatever direction it may take you. and may your path always be blessed by moments of bliss!

heres the link: http://musicmavericks.publicradio.org/features/feature_partch.html

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I just watched Zeitgeist:Addendum the second installment to the original Zeitgeist movie. It's a real head trip, but one I seriously recommend. It will bum you out at first, but it gets hopeful in the second half. Lately, I've been exposed (as I'm sure ALL of you have) to even MORE coverage of the presidential election, but after watching this movie, it makes me not even want to vote. The fundamental problems are not really being addressed, just what color band-aid we're going to put on the latest problems. Maybe that's pessimistic, but... just watch the movie and get back to me. I want to know where you guys stand on this, because I could use a little perspective.

personal style .... ?

Just read a fantastic blog recently posted by Dave Douglas on Greenleaf music.


It discusses one's personal style and accommodating disparate influences in the 21st century. Its cool too because it has a lot to do with an email I just sent Dave, lamenting my own issues on the very subject. It would be highly presumptuous of me to think the email had any influence, but it was refreshing to hear him wax philosophical on the subject.

Anyway, check it out if you get the chance - oh, and also - if you have 30 extra bucks lying around, I would suggest buying Harmonic Experience by Mathieu - I'm only 10 pages in but I can tell its going to be a priceless resource!