[img] set the sky in motion

set the sky in motion
November 20, 2015 at 10:05AM
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[track] Life In Candid Wonder (The Cost Of Future Tense) [Disquiet0202-CostOfFreedom]

“Creating is living doubly.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

This was the third Disquiet Junto project that revolved around Bassel Khartabil Safadi, a coder, artist and free-expression pioneer wrongfully jailed by Syria, his home country, for “harming state security.” In October, he was transferred to a secret location, and his whereabouts as of this writing are unknown. This past week (2015.11.14), disturbing rumors surfaced of a possible death sentence. The background and all current updates on Bassel’s case can be found here: http://freebassel.org.

Please sign this petition and hold the Syrian government accountable for Bassel’s fate.

Twenty seven artists contributed to this Junto project, which endeavored to create an audiobook of the Creative Commons collection of essays about Bassel, The Cost Of Freedom.

I chose hellekin’s epilogue, The Cost Of Future Tense, a beautiful piece of writing that became more transcendent with each successive reading. I didn’t want to get in the way, so went about crafting a minimal, improvised ambient duet for acoustic guitar and AniMoog to allow the words to float and breathe.

Original Text:
hellekin (http://twitter.com/hellekin)

“Whitey” (1988 Ovation Custom Balladeer) –> SmallSound / BigSound Sparkle Motion –> tc electronic Flashback Delay –> Earthquaker Afterneath –> Strymon blueSky reverberator

C-G-D-D-A-E (Michael Hedges “Breakfast In The Field” tuning)

AKG C3000B –> Lexicon MX200 rack reverb

AniMoog for iPad –> Flux:FX (Multi-Verb preset)

Line6 Pod-XT Tube PreAmp –> MOTU 828mk2 –> Sony Acid 7.0 (Win 8.1)

I was proud to contribute a track to the first #freebassel Junto project in 2014, which coincided with the 2nd anniversary of Bassel’s incarceration. That track, Intransitive Disappearance, was also released on my record, Particle Theory (bandcamp | soundcloud | freemusicacrchive).


More on this 202nd weekly Disquiet Junto project (“Create an audiobook chapter from the new essay collection The Cost of Freedom”)

The source of the text in this project is from the book The Cost of Freedom, which raises awareness about the ongoing detainment of Creative Commons coder/artist Bassel Khartabil Sadafi.

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high-rise fire

as seen from my front window. 02 nov 2015, ~3:45p

2015_11_02 park slope high-rise fire

[img] elvis | mile 6.7 | #tcsnycmarathon

elvis | mile 6.7 | #tcsnycmarathon
November 01, 2015 at 04:13PM
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[img] elite women | mile 6.7 | #tcsnycmarathon

elite women | mile 6.7 | #tcsnycmarathon
November 01, 2015 at 04:04PM
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[img] elite men | mile 6.7 | #tcsnycmarathon

elite men | mile 6.7 | #tcsnycmarathon
November 01, 2015 at 04:01PM
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[img] fall feeling

fall feeling
October 26, 2015 at 09:38AM
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[aired] Spin Dizzy Fall Goes The Sky

My track There Goes The Sky (freemusicarchive | bandcamp | soundcloud) goes on a Creative Commons adventure with a group of instagrammers and pro photographers in New South Wales, Australia, testing the Panasonic Lumix GX8. Beautiful people, dream-state locations, fog-shrouded wild horses and frenzied pelicans make this vid quadruple-xclnt.

Spin Dizzy Fall is 24yr old Sydney blogger, Emma Lucey. “Step into my world,” she entreats in her description. “Stay young, stay free.”

Lucey’s YouTube Liner Notes:

Published on Oct 20, 2015
A bunch of Instagrammers & professional photographers hit the road to test run the new Lumix GX8. Thanks for the fun trip Panasonic!

SPIN DIZZY FALL: http://spindizzyfall.blogspot.com.au/
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/emmalucey
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmSpinDizzyFall
snapchat: spindizzyfall

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored video! However we were able to keep the Lumix GX8 from the trip which I continue to film on (see my video from Vanuatu as an example!).

There Goes The Sky – Westy Reflector

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[img] fall guy

fall guy
October 18, 2015 at 02:59PM
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[words] deposition reflections

copter study 06282015c

Truth over time becomes elusive – and relative – so lawyers ply their trade in the fuzziness of memory. Justice relies on absolute truth, and pursuit of it is mere human invention – absurd and Sisyphean as any other attempt to stanch the entropy of the universe.

Yesterday, after four hours of being probed, prodded, picked apart and piecemealed by opposing counsels, I walked out of my attorney’s office thinking of Kurt Vonnegut’s observation that “only humankind is running out of time.”


[img] faith in a faithless city / diamonds in a leaden world

faith in a faithless city / diamonds in a leaden world
October 12, 2015 at 09:52AM
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[words] since i heard the sun

04 july 2015

It’s been a long time since
I heard the sun
Call my name
It’s been a long time
I was supposed to
Find my way
I felt needed
Slept through the night
Saw any form of
promised land

moon shot 092715a

Dreams take me high
And leave me lovely
(but) also falling
judged outside
turned inside
At the back door
On a front line

sky runs red
darkness visible
Blood runs red
empty streets

sunset brooklyn 092215b

It’s been a long time
I heard the sun
call my name
It’s been a long time
I could find
my way

you can still be a refugee
in a place you cannot escape
dissolve into a clandestino
with nowhere to go

backyard sunset 06252015a

Don’t fall silent now
You are not forgotten ones
Chasing rays
Crying for the sun
To fight the war inside

[track] The Young Unicorns [disquiet0196-wholelottawhole]

In which I fire up my old-friend Casio CZ-1000, program a quasi new wave dance groove with Acid loops and sight read the notes in the photo. The CZ was set to a square wave with a slight detune and vibrato. Luckily, it goes 6-note polyphonic so it handled the 3-note chords fine. The 11-measure sequence in the photo is repeated as 8 measure sequences break it up into a couple verses, choruses and a bridge. The 11 vs 8 tension resulted in no two verses or choruses having the same melody line, which served to amplify the fun. Very meditative, too, to allow whole notes to fill spaces.

I had designs on recording the bass on the Casio, too, using the image’s staff as a bass clef. This created more mess than movement, though, so I left the photo to represent a treble clef staff only and built the piece around a right hand melody.

122 BPM
Key: C

Sight-read the whiteboard notation from a children’s music class.

Step 1: Read the music notation in the following image (note that the photograph was taken at a music class for elementary and preschool students).

The image is here:

Step 2: Record a piece of music based on that notation.

Step 3: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.

Step 4: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Deadline: This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, October 1, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, October 5, 2015.

Length: The length of your finished work should be roughly one minute, though longer is certainly fine.

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[img] early fall / early light

early fall / early light
October 06, 2015 at 08:55AM
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[img] Rainy Day Canine #09 & 30

Rainy Day Canine #09 & 30
September 30, 2015 at 12:06PM
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[img] moon shot | 22:12p

moon shot | 22:12p
September 28, 2015 at 12:13AM
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[img] iterative westies of instagram | cc @headphonaught

iterative westies of instagram | cc @headphonaught
September 26, 2015 at 04:02PM
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[track] split seconds [disquiet0194-clockplay]

I do not own a clock (or any time keeping device) that makes operational noise, so I used a CC-Attribution sample at freesound.org of 4 one-second clock ticks that looped perfectly without any cutting at 120 BPM. This juggled me a bit, since the 60 BPM clock ticks were playing in double-time to be in real-time at half-time to the track time.

The clock is layered a few times to build counter-rhythms and dynamics, to evince the double-timeness of its sampling. A very rough bass track came from a few 8 and 16 bar loops. The bed arose from an 800% stretch of my recent “chasing flight” (Thereflectors – Chasing-flight). Aiming for playful sweetness, I strummed chords over the result in two live passes and voila, here we are in the present.

In the end, I learned clocks can keep all sorts of time.


Clock Loop by Natalie Kirk (Esper Studio, Sydney, AUS)

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Image associated with this project by Brian Biggs, who drew it specifically for this project, and who provided the project’s timely creative nudge.

DaCaLuF 0235: Sesriem Canyon Rage

DaCaLuF – Saison 2 – Ep35 – Sesriem Canyon from David Bellais

Le canyon de Sesriem (Namibie)

Musique: All The Rage (freemusicarchive | bandcamp) par Westy Reflector

The Bellais family from France (DAvid, CAmille, LUcile et Félix) is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for two years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video journal, and riding along, hearing my songs pop up every so often, is an absolute kick. Follow them here:


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[img] monarch study 201509.18b

monarch study 201509.18b
September 18, 2015 at 05:05PM
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