Annyong! In 2001 I wrote the Crap Art Manifesto and left it lovingly unupdated since then. The only thing I've really ever done for that is the (fairly successful) Album-A-Day Project (why not make a project into a Movement? all it takes is a manifesto!), but from time to time I hear about things that others have done, which I think is great. My favorite so far is "Crap Art: Daegu", a 24-hour creation festival held in Daegu, South Korea a few weeks ago. Here's their poster:
Basically they got a bunch of space and art materials, then for 24 hours (Friday the 13th) anybody could come and participate in free-form collaborative or individual art in various rooms in this place, then the next day they had a showing of that art with some bands playing too (Pi Day). The money raised went to charity. It sounds like it was really successful. They've got a bunch of photos and video from the event that's collected on their blog. My favorite is a local television piece about the festival. (Click on 2009-03-21 and fast-forward to 36:00 or so.) It's mostly in Korean but there are a few interviewees speaking in English too. I find it very surreal and it makes me wish I was bilingual. (screen grabs for lazies)
Tom 7 Entertainment System show at Belvedere's, March 27
(22 Mar 2009 at 02:25)
I know I've mentioned this before, but now there's a poster. And it's coming up soon. I'm playing with William Sides Atari Party, X-Buster, and Bit Mummy. I don't really know anything about how this is going down (like band order or timeframe) other than the 8pm listing, but I am fairly certain it is really happening. Performing this video game music is not as obvious as performing stuff that's created in the first place with guitars and the mouth. But I have written some software and I am working still on some hardware and I promise I will not just sit behind a laptop, at least. And Belvedere's is a pretty cool spot, in Lawrenceville. Come if you want. Unlike the incessant Sick Ridiculous shows, this may be the only chance to see this project live, like, ever.
PS. The show at the Lava Lounge was really fun. Thanks for everybody that came! :)
We found out after writing this song last year that there's also a band called Airborne Toxic Event; don't be confused! The phrase of course comes from DeLillo's fine specimen White Noise. I like this song a lot but we haven't recorded it yet, so live or live video or live mp3 is the only way.
Ah, spring. I am currently struggling to keep myself from going for a long body-busting run, because the weather is truly ideal for it. I pushed myself a bit too hard this week and now I am feeling that stress-decompression sickness, and I don't want to exacerbate it. Probably the solution will be to work on projects in an outdoorsish coffee shop. Some things:
The Tom 7 Entertainment System show at Belvedere's on March 27 is now confirmed. I'm playing with some noise-chiptune dudes "Bit Mummy", "X-Buster" and "William Sides Atari Party" from Chicago. I'm pretty much ready to go on this but there are a number of things I've dreamed of that could make the performance sweeter, and so I want to do some hacking to that end. Also I said I'd make a poster, though this one is nicely nostalgic.
SIGBOVIK is coming up rapidly, and I want to have a couple of papers/projects in this. I have one that's about half done now, and that I can probably finish in tomorrow's Program Committee meeting. If you have good ideas or papers rejected from seriouser/lesser conferences, acceptance is guaranteed for this peer-reviewed publication venue.
I think in two weeks I will be done paying off my student loans. I ordered a new guitar as a premature celebration.
After this I was gonna upload and post another video from our show last week, but my Earthlink DSL is fritzed right now and the online live service nonsensical, so I resort to posting this incomplete update from phone. :(
This weekend was Open House for visiting prospective graduate students for Computer Science at CMU. I graduated like a year ago but I am still interested in perpetuating the program and helping young people make positive life decisions, so Nels and I played a Rock & Roll Techno show at the unofficial open house weekend house party. As is our contractual obligation, we wrote a new tune for the occasion. It is openho~1.mid. Because it is apropos many of the cleverness in the lyrics might not be apparent, but how could you not like the 7/4 beats and my sweaty freeform dance paroxysm?