Hi guys. I’m going to talk briefly about my new tape project, which is called ‘Anthora’, and then briefly about some other things. If you don’t already know, ‘Anthora’ is the name of this group of coffee cup designs.
So. 25 hand-labeled cassettes in 25 meticulously decorated cassette boxes featuring 54 minutes of original audio, which you can hear below. The audio — like that of May’s book/CD-R edition — was recorded live into my computer with basically the same gear. The tapes were dubbed — somewhat haphazardly — from that audio at regular speed from my computer onto my stereo. On Side B you hear panning drones and spastic pianos and on Side A you hear heartbeats and plaintive pump organs. And other stuff. You won’t know what until you listen to it, which you can do below.
I like to think of this project and the Ramen zine as being variations on the theme of waste or discard. Not abjection, necessarily; but casual, dispassionate expectoration. These pieces represent actual little bits of personal detritus. In effect, though, I’m resisting the throwaway quality implied by the packaging, not because I’m a do-gooder, but because I’m curious about it and awakened by it. And also because I don’t feel like I or anyone else really can accumulate much distance from waste, anyway, so why not decorate oneself or one’s work with it?
The sounds on the tape are their own kind of throwaway sounds. The meandering organs audible at around 13’55″ on Side A are culled from a movie I watched on Hulu. While I’m sure they were meticulously conceived and recorded for the film, they were sampled for my purposes by simply clicking the “rewind-10-seconds-button” over and over, yielding a hypnotic 10-second refrain with the most rudimentary of tools. This was a largely cost-free maneuver on highly available source material, material that is no more or less guarded from public utility than any other internet-based sound. And the internet, of course, is the harbinger of ephemeral, throwaway content.
I think this desire to latch onto things that one might be implored to let go of informs almost every area of my life. This realization for me is somewhat profound.
OK, you’re up-to-date now. You can buy one these in the store, where I’m slashing prices on everything. AND THEN: check out my new tumblr, where I post original gifs and avant garde films I find on youtube and re-blog other peoples’ gifs and avant garde films that other people found on youtube before I did. Good good.
Hallo there. Welcome to the post where I talk about the new zine I made. I probably could’ve hammered this post out anytime in the past two weeks or so but I’ve been pretty busy resolving the ‘new permanent address’ issue. But I digress.
The zine is 20 pages long. The zine was printed on a laser copier on five sheets of legal-sized (8″x14″) cream-colored paper and folded once. The zine is bound in baker’s twine. The zine was printed in an edition of 100 copies. The zine features original collage work with various embellishments. Said embellishments were made with Sharpies, Krinks, and various paint pens. The zine is called “Ramen”.
Much of the imagery in the zine follows a sequence: figures dancing and intermingling with one another and regenerating or disappearing. Some images are broken up between black and white pages and color pages, mimicking that screwy effect on messed up VHS tapes or poor television signals.
You can now buy this zine in my new Etsy store. Or… I guess if you live in New York you could totally just hit me up and get one that way.
Hi read-and-lookers. Here is the third and final update of my aforementioned book/zine/sound project.
This project consists of 120 collages divided across 10 handmade, 12 page books, and features a 31 minute sound installation burned onto a basic CD-R embedded inside the last page of each book. All books are completely unique, but the CD-Rs are all basically the same.
The sound installation that I finally settled on is something that’s been bouncing around my head for the past nine months or so. The title of the piece, in fact, is just the date that I started work on that particular track. Although much of the audio you hear was looped and altered digitally, the sound installation was performed “live” with no overdubs using a pair of shoebox cassette records, a mixer, a couple of effects pedals, and two battery-powered, hand-held synthesizers. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Give it a listen.
You might’ve (probably not) noticed on my soundcloud that all the old stuff is gone and there are just these three big tracks there. I got rid of the old stuff because all that stuff took up space. The tracks labeled “4_25″ and “5_2″ are earlier sessions of the piece going into this project. You can listen and download all of them til I take them down (which might actually happen soon).
I’m also thrilled to announce that all of the books can now be viewed online in my new photobucket thingy. So even if you can’t have one of these 10 copies, you can still totally just see them all online, which is a much better option for some people anyway. It was a pretty incredible feeling to just sort of let go of all of the art – which took 6 months to complete – and to just kind of give it away. The scanning/editing job took quite a while.
I plan to do the following things this summer: finish working on a cassette project that I’ve had on the back burner since, like, December; finish a zine with a much higher print run (like, 100, hopefully); and START AN ETSY SHOP (finally!). That last thing I’m especially looking forward to because whenever I get locked into one of those “so you make a zine, right? Where can I get one?” conversations I’ll finally be able to send that person somewhere where that person can actually get stuff for not a lot of money. Won’t that be cool?
Hallo! Not an update about the status of the book project, per se, but a diversionary collage made at the Greenpoint Library Handskills event on Saturday, to make it look like I’ve been busy making books, which I have been, but can’t show anything off right now. This collage includes various media that I wouldn’t otherwise use for the books, and it looks like graphical barf mounted on card stock, which it actually is. Whenever I make a just-for-the-fun-of-it collage, I’m always implored to describe it as looking like barf, so it’s not gross, it’s a sort of compliment.
Eggerd made a better one involving the guy from CHiPS. Dig it!
Hello, dear reader. Behold: six completed books. When you look at this zine what do you see? I’ll tell you what you see. You see a neatly chiseled, well-groomed, drop dead handsome zine. The sounds are still stewing and fermenting, so nothing new on that front for now. Oh, and how ’bout this site redesign, with the new “about” page and new background and everything? You like? Lemme know, ok?
Hi. This post is about my new zine/book. This post is called Apropos.
The zine/book is also called Apropos. It is called just that. It is a return in form to some of the earliest incarnations of this project: an all-collage, 12-page object. Like those early incarnations, every book will be completely handmade; non-print. This return is important to me for two reasons. The first is because this has been kind of a tough Autumn creatively, and I feel that this gesture might help me consolidate some mental strength, because it involves a process I’m familiar with and confident in. The second reason is because my attempts at overly complicated projects for which I possess neither the funds nor talent to pull off have concluded in failure. But I know that I can do this zine, and so I will.
There are some key differences between this book and ones I’ve made in the past. First and foremost: this zine is bigger, with every page measuring 7 x 5.5 inches. Also, I haven’t established any creative boundaries or topics of interest in the making of this book, apart from a commitment to the collage format. So this zine couldn’t really be said to be “about” anything — it is apropos of nothing apart from itself. Finally, I’m including a CD-R with this zine. It will contain some tunes that I’ve been working on lately. These tracks are somewhat of a departure from those included in earlier posts — cleaner, brighter, a little bit louder. If the earlier tunes sound like they were held together by scotch tape, these sound like they were scooped out of a pint of digital ice cream-fuzz with a platinum spork.
I won’t know precisely how big of an edition this will be until I’ve decided that I’m done. My aim is for twenty books with the CD-R in sealed bags. My plan is to distribute them locally at some of my past favorite hubs and through regular person-to-person exchange. I have finished two books so far. They took me each around 5 days to complete — the second under the duress and isolation of Hurricane Sandy. Seven images of the book are included below.
And here’s those tunes. Chilly.
I’ll be back to upload some snippets of the second book and maybe another tune in a few days. Sound good? Cool. Peace.