Thanks to Walter Robinson for the link from his Weekend Update column on The post on Claire Corey, ChanSchatz, and Millree Hughes he mentions is here, or just scroll further down this page past the posts about redacted porn art and equality-minded capuchin monkeys. Another page that recently linked here is this description of the shinth tour, featuring Los Fancy Free, Twig Harper (of Nautical Almanac), Fashion Flesh, and Peter B. "Shinths" are plain circuit boards with no inputs or outputs; to use them, tour musicians must "come with alligator clips and break, coax, or otherwise force sounds out." Tour organizer and shinth inventor Peter B. belongs to an emerging group of sculptor-musicians for whom electronic instrument design is as integral as the blurps, hums, twitters, and shrieks that emerge from them. Other noteworthy practitioners include Delia R. Gonzales and Gavin R. Russom, whose inlaid quasi-board game with functioning sound modules was a highlight of Daniel Reich's recent show at D'Amelio Terras, and Nautical Almanac, whose homemade instruments of recycled guitar parts, cheap '80s synths, and hairballs of wire evoke a certain skronky, shorted-out arcade sound before the first note is played. More on the trend later.

UPDATE: I changed "inlaid board game" to "inlaid quasi-board game" in the next to last sentence above. The slightly recessed wood tabletop suggested a chess or backgammon board with electronics-kit knobs instead of markings; I seriously doubt it functioned as a game.

- tom moody 9-26-2003 2:40 am

Just wanted to say I'm really enjoying the great writing here. And I was wondering if you knew what happened to the great great Jeff Jones?

Here's a link:

Can anything be done for him?

Philip Shropshire
- Philip Shropshire 9-27-2003 5:00 pm

I don't know. I have to admit I kind of lost track of Jones after the early days of "Idyl" in the National Lampoon (which I wasn't wild about) and the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser covers (which were nice). Among my high school friends he had a rep as a kind of substitute Frazetta: it was an article of faith that he couldn't draw feet because you never saw any in his book cover art.

- tom moody 9-29-2003 10:08 pm

First, it's not so bad if you're a Frazetta imitator and you can draw just like Frazetta. His feet and hands seem okay. His naked female breasts are even better. What are you? Some kind of picky, high-falutin' art cri-, uh, nevermind.

He's really good. Or was really good. I guess I'm asking you to post something from his online gallery that you like. That would be a nice tribute. Or something like:

- Philip Shropshire 10-01-2003 3:49 am

"It was an article of faith that he couldn't draw feet because you never saw any in his book cover art"=joke
- tom moody 10-11-2003 9:09 pm

I guess I think the feet thing is an accident. You could probably say the same thing about Frazetta or Kaluta, but nobody would think they suck. I guess the other thing is that Jones does other things so very very well. If he wasn't completely incapacitated at a mental hospital, unable to draw at his high level, then I would recommend him doing one of those how to books on how to draw the human figure...

And okay I found a foot..

- Philip Shropshire 10-14-2003 7:13 am

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