October 28, 2005

listening list

OK, so I haven't posted one of these in a while, but that doesn't mean I haven't been listening to anything. I've just been distracted...

Jeff Buckley - Sketches (for my sweetheart the drunk)
Sigur Ros - Takk
Boards of Canada - the campfire headphase
Shostakovich - Piano Sonatas
Frank Zappa - Make a Jazz Noise Here


Just the other day, a friend of mine asked me what my favorite album of all time was. I couldn't answer as there is so much music I love, but the question stuck with me for a while and then I thought: Make a Jazz Noise Here!! We all know (or at least should know) that Frank Zappa was a genius, but there is something special about this album with the combination of incredible arrangements for acoustic instruments along with very tasteful use of electronics and general all around incredible musicianship. And then you realize that it was all done in front of a live audience with no overdubs or anything and it becomes simply flabbergasting. FZ was so far ahead of his time, I doubt if we'll ever catch up.

What's your favorite album?

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October 27, 2005

WCL

I am back from Philly for what is looking like my final BYOV event for the fall. Though it was a pain in the ass in many logistical ways, the trip was definitely worth it in the end.

World Cafe Live is an extremely cool performance space; certainly one of the best, if not the best in Philly. It has two performance spaces, upstairs and downstairs, which are also integrated in the same large warehouse type building with the studios for WXPN (including the World Cafe studios) and the rest of the administrative aspects of that large public radio station.

I got a decent 15 voices recorded throughout the night which is fine in number, but a few were those of individuals in the music/art world which is always a nice thing. Karl Mullen, an 'outsider artist' and musician donated his Irish accent and gets the record for using the most colors of markers as he drew a masterpiece on the back of the booth. And David Dye, the voice and host of the World Cafe radio show, was kind enough to let me explain what I was doing and brave enough to enter the booth and answer questions about religion for me.

Here is the official summarization including photos and audio clips:

Bring Your Own Voice @ World Cafe Live

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October 13, 2005

Bring Your Own Voice video

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the official BYOV videographer, Mr. Rob Cheyne, we now have the stunning and intriguing "What is Bring Your Own Voice?" video. This six minutes of non-stop action is complete with footage of the booth at various events as well as commentary from a number of enthusiastic participants.

What is BYOV? [small-5M] | [medium-15M]

Hopefully this will serve the purpose of explaining what this project is all about to the uniniated. Please let me know your feedback, as this will always be a work in progress.

Those of you who are somewhat behind in your technology might have to download the latest version of Quicktime Player to take advantage of the new H.264 video codec which Rob used to compress the video. If the video doesn't play correctly, you can upgrade your Quicktime here:

Quicktime Player for Mac
Quicktime Player for Windows

And for those of you on the bleeding edge of technology, enjoy watching this video on your new video playing iPod.

Posted by halsey at 09:46 PM

October 12, 2005

me and GW

Here is an interesting article on the so-called 'bicycle-brain connection'.

Exploring the Bicycle-Brain Connection: How Exercise Boosts Cognitive Function

I've always felt this way, particularly for creative work.

Of course, if you bike to much, you'll become impotent, so this creates an interesting balancing act, yes? Isn't that kind of anti-Darwinian? The more you ride a bike, the smarter you get, but the less likely your chances to reproduce become... Survival of the stupidest!!

Posted by halsey at 12:24 PM

October 09, 2005

The Clouds

How easy it would be
to be scared of clouds.
as silent as they are massive
as arbitrary as they are menacing
shifting the pattern of blue and white
and changing sunny warmth
into purple shadows
and back again.

How easy it would be
to run off the edge of a cliff
like a flock of little puffy sheep
trying to imitate the little puffy cloud
happy, almost smiling, by itself
in the distance.

how easy it would be
to jump down the throat of a dragon,
to taste the fire at its source
before the flames begin to lick.
to feel the abrasions of its esophagus
and the warmth of its belly;
to be protected from the claws.

How easy it would be
to be afraid of clouds.
But I have seen them;
I have seen them before.

Posted by halsey at 08:43 AM

October 06, 2005

Towering

Apparently one can now buy 'words and voices' via Tower Records online store.

Buy 'words and voices'

This is cool, though I have no idea how it came about. It is weird and exciting when there start to be little things happening that you weren't involved with and you discover after the fact. This means that maybe it is starting to take on a life of its own.

Posted by halsey at 04:07 PM

Towering

Apparently one can now buy 'words and voices' via Tower Records online store.

Buy 'words and voices'

This is cool, though I have no idea how it came about. It is weird and exciting when there start to be little things happening that you weren't involved with and you discover after the fact. This means that maybe it is starting to take on a life of its own.

Posted by halsey at 04:07 PM

October 05, 2005

WORLD CAFE LIVE!

Check out info about my next BYOV event coming up at World Cafe Live in Philly. This is very exciting.

BYOV @ WCL

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