September 30, 2005

going cordless

The booth is no longer tied to a power cord. I can now set it up in locations far far away from any signs of civilization. Whether or not I actually want to do this is another matter. But at least I can. And there is something to be said for that, right?

Husky Portable Power Center

I will be giving the Husky a trial run at Oktoberfest this Sunday as my power options were depleted at the last minute. Don't worry, this event will be smack in the middle of civilization...

Posted by halsey at 11:31 PM | Comments (4)

September 22, 2005

back in public

After a summer hiatus, I had my first BYOV event of the fall at Art Interactive last weekend. You can check out the post-event write-up complete with the requisite audio clips and photos here:

BYOV @ Art Interactive

Posted by halsey at 06:55 AM

September 21, 2005

the future will happen, regardless

This kind of resistance to change is incredibly frustrating to me.

Writers Sue Google, Accusing It of Copyright Violation

Posted by halsey at 07:47 AM

September 14, 2005

the truth is out more than I wanted it to be...

This article was published in the current issue of the Middlesex Beat, a cool monthly culture print publication for Middlesex County, MA. Poor Sequoia was re-gendered and mis-named, but other than that, I think the article is pretty well done. But then again, I suppose I am biased...

Rockin' the Words: The Sounds of Musician Halsey Burgund

I knew track #5 would get me into trouble, but life isn't fun without risks, right? Do you think that maybe I'll be able to find a girlfriend now? ha ha ha.

Posted by halsey at 09:45 PM

September 11, 2005

more feeling than structure

Download: HOME audio

You will be glad to hear that I was able to finish my piece for the 'Unlearned Response' show which is currently on exhibit at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. It was a bit touch and go there for a while - just ask the other artists in the show - but in the end, we were all able to finish what we needed to finish and the response overall was positive. It seemed like between the fire marshall and an uncooperative Windows server, we were being conspired against, but persistence, compromise and flexibility prevailed.

For me, the notion of HOME is very powerful. It is something that conjures up feelings all across the board from comfort to longing to peacefulness to sadness. This complexity is exactly why I wanted to write something about it.
The spoken content in this song is all taken from interviews with the four artists who participated in the show. I asked them about their personal feelings and experiences regarding HOME as well as how they had chosen to represent HOME in their creations for the show. I am very grateful to them for indulging me and sharing their honest and heartfelt feelings on tape. Their willingness to open up was what made this song possible.
The music in this piece is essentially one steady motive that repeats for the entire 8 minutes. Yes, that does sound boring, but hopefully it is not as there are layers of instrumentation and voices that pile on top throughout that time. This is how I view the concept of HOME. Something that is primarily an ongoing baseline of support and reassurance, but which is constantly built upon by outside influences and internal shifts.

In the end I feel that I was able to create an amalgamation of what HOME means to five individuals. We all have our own feelings - some of which overlap and some of which contradict - but one thing that became clear to me throughout this process was that we all have strong emotions about HOME. And this is good.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

If you would like to contribute some of your own thoughts about HOME to this evolving piece, go to the HOME audio page and answer some questions for me.

Posted by halsey at 10:37 PM

more feeling than structure

Download: HOME audio

You will be glad to hear that I was able to finish my piece for the 'Unlearned Response' show which is currently on exhibit at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. It was a bit touch and go there for a while - just ask the other artists in the show - but in the end, we were all able to finish what we needed to finish and the response overall was positive. It seemed like between the fire marshall and an uncooperative Windows server, we were being conspired against, but persistence, compromise and flexibility prevailed.

For me, the notion of HOME is very powerful. It is something that conjures up feelings all across the board from comfort to longing to peacefulness to sadness. This complexity is exactly why I wanted to write something about it.
The spoken content in this song is all taken from interviews with the four artists who participated in the show. I asked them about their personal feelings and experiences regarding HOME as well as how they had chosen to represent HOME in their creations for the show. I am very grateful to them for indulging me and sharing their honest and heartfelt feelings on tape. Their willingness to open up was what made this song possible.
The music in this piece is essentially one steady motive that repeats for the entire 8 minutes. Yes, that does sound boring, but hopefully it is not as there are layers of instrumentation and voices that pile on top throughout that time. This is how I view the concept of HOME. Something that is primarily an ongoing baseline of support and reassurance, but which is constantly built upon by outside influences and internal shifts.

In the end I feel that I was able to create an amalgamation of what HOME means to five individuals. We all have our own feelings - some of which overlap and some of which contradict - but one thing that became clear to me throughout this process was that we all have strong emotions about HOME. And this is good.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

If you would like to contribute some of your own thoughts about HOME to this evolving piece, go to the HOME audio page and answer some questions for me.

Posted by halsey at 10:37 PM

September 05, 2005

I understand

"Music is the true breath of life. We eat so we won't starve to death. We sing so we can hear ourselves live. Do you understand?"

from 'The Swallows of Kabul' by Yasmina Khadra

Posted by halsey at 08:12 PM

September 02, 2005

HOME

I am working on a song now that is about the notion of 'home' and how different people think about 'home'. I am doing this as a part of an art exhibit called 'Unlearned Response' that will be on display at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts for a week and a half starting next Thursday, September 8th. I've wanted to do this sort of collaboration before and this opportunity is great, though I feel like I don't have enough time for it.
There are four artists displaying work in the show. Each piece is intended to address some aspect of the theme of 'home' and is made by the artist in a medium that isn't her own. I think there could be some interesting results!
My song is going to attempt to act as some sort of consolidation of the feelings and thoughts that all four artists and myself have about 'home'. Mine will be expressed in the music, and I will use the voices of the four artists answering questions about 'home' as spoken content. If I can procure the correct equipment, I will also be collecting voices of the show's visitors telling me their feelings about 'home'.

Home is both a happy/comforting and a sad/longing place for me. It's such a simple concept in so many ways, yet it tends to cut right to one's emotional core.

Posted by halsey at 11:18 PM