Blogging, phase 2.1
Please come visit me at my new blog home at tommoody.us. As of this month, I will no longer be posting new content to digitalmediatree.com/tommoody. Comments are still open here (unless closed due to spam).
The newsreader feed for the new blog is this rss address. Or this one.
The blog you are reading commenced Feb 2001 and culminated, more or less, with BLOG, the exhibition, where it was shown in a gallery as a performance work. That exhibition ended last month, so the past few weeks' posts have been "transitional."
I am keeping all my Digital Media Tree pages online and will be updating many of them (resume, archives, etc)--this is a friendly transition and I look forward to continuing to work with the Tree.
The new blog does not currently have a comment feature enabled but that could change as I adapt to my new environment. Comments have been an important of the current blog and I'll be discussing that more at the new turf.
A parting plug: please check out the CD I just released with earcon (John Parker) at CD Baby, titled Scratch Ambulance. We're really proud of it and think you might enjoy it.
Update, 2013: I hid comments on this blog due to the steady drip of link spam. They were quite active from 2001-2007, trust me, and have all been archived. I may turn them back on periodically to settle an argument about what went down in these dynamic years of the utopian blogosphere. --TM
painting by Cynthia Hurley (hat tip mm)
At tommoody.us I just put up some new music, and a post about the '60s beatnik TV horror show host Ghoulardi. It's kind of an experiment, to work with a different format and post items without comments.
Update: More posts have since been added.
An interview with musician and animator Silicious, by Petra Cortright, commissioned by Rhizome.org, is on the Rhizome front page*. Earlier posts on Silicious are here.
I love the music of Silicious' video Georg: like slowed down Giorgio Moroder with call and response vocals, ringing telephones, etc.
Update: Just noticed that Rhizome tabbed the interview "ironic." That is way off base--this is very sincere and emotional work, and I believe Petra and others are sincerely interested in it. "Visionary," "playful," expressionistic," non-status quo," "angsty," "political," "disturbing" are the words I would use. Or "freakedelic," to use Daniel's term.
Update, 2011: The Rhizome link has been changed to http://rhizome.org/editorial/2007/jul/14/interview-with-silicious/
You might have noticed the CBS News story "McCain Backs Bush's Iraq Strategy" on the blogroll to the left for several months now (or maybe not--well, it's been there). Lots of other people linked to the story, too, and now it shows up in the top 10 Google searches if anyone is looking for information about Mr. Flak Vest in the Baghdad Market (aka Mr. Bomb Bomb Iran). It looks like his presidential campaign is tanking with the announcement this week of huge staff departures (yay!) so some blogroll space will now be devoted to another overrated individual aspiring to be the leader of the free world, with the inclusion of the following three articles:
Rudy Giuliani was kicked off the Iraq Study Group because he never showed up for meetings.If the thought of Giuliani as president makes you queasy and you have a blog or links page, you might consider getting the word out by pointing to these mainstream media stories, with the link around the words "Rudy Giuliani."
Rudy Giuliani was the only candidate not invited to speak to the firefighters' presidential forum.
Rudy Giuliani: worse than Bush. (Matt Taibbi article headline in Rolling Stone)
See also: this Firefighters Union video about "Rudy Giuliani: Urban Legend"--it mentions Giuliani's foolishness in locating his mayoral "Command Center" in WTC 7--destroyed on 9/11/01 and forcing him to go operate out in the street (while running away from the danger).
Update: Just noticed an extra "i" in Giuliani in some of the links--duh--fixed now.
Update 2: And here is a review of Wayne Barrett's & Dan Collins' book on the Giuliani myth, Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11.
The Art Guys, Waste Stream (Video Trashcan), 2004. Currently on view in the group show "Ready-Made" at the Yvon Lambert Project Space, NY. The mouth in the trashcan strains to maintain its gaping rictus in the jittery video loop; the effect of looking down into the trash-lined "bunghole" is obscene in the best Bataillean sense. The show contains few actual ready-mades; this is an art gallery after all, and people want to see craft. Cady Noland, for example, is represented by one of her late fabricated aluminum cutout pieces and not her early found junk.
"Grow a Brain 2" [2.3 MB .mp3]
Some nasty drum and bass for a nice summer's day.
Update: A couple of minor tweaks designed to take even more advantage of the (extremely) basic melodic content!
After one of my occasional anti-iTunes rants a friend asked me what I did for a content management system. He thinks one of the benefits of iTunes is that it organizes your soundfiles and you can search and create playlists within this data. Myself, I don't keep any permanent playlists (except a master file of music I wrote). For recreational listening I assemble temporary playlists piecemeal, picking and choosing songs from folders I've created on my hard drive. I use Winamp to find and play the files and save the playlists. Unlike iTunes, Winamp will stream them from anywhere on your PC (maybe iTunes has changed, but you used to have to resave all your music to a special iTunes folder).
My folders are organized roughly chronologically (by decade) and alphabetically within each decade. Thus I can visualize the entire collection and also think about relationships within it (once a rock critic always a rock critic--pity me). This scheme makes me less reliant on someone else's bad metadata from the individual tunes--a real problem with iTunes in my opinion. I do a fair amount of pruning--whereas I had a hard time deaccessioning CDs and vinyl I'm pretty merciless with mp3s. If it's not floating my boat it's not taking up space on my hard drive. As the collection gets larger I'll start breaking the decades down into years. Oh, and the folders also contain jpegs of covers and other info. The entire schmear is backed up on a separate hard drive.
Excuse this nerdy indulgence but I wanted to put forward a model different from the one Steve Jobs expects you to use as part of his entertainment colonization scheme.
Also, as I mentioned I don't use a portable mp3 player (headphones bug my ears) but if I did I would just move songs out of these folders and wipe them from the player when I was tired of listening to them. DIY, baby, DIY.
"VCJS (Slow)" [7.7 MB .mp3]
This is "Vox Computational (Japan Square)" at half-speed, minus about 30 seconds of the drum break.
Not every song is going to get the DJ Screw treatment, but this one works pretty well, I think, as a "romilar dub" piece.