Monthly Archives: November 2012


Just Like Midnight (video)

Just Like Midnight.

An old-fashioned heartbreak song off my 2011 record, married to 8mm home movie clips from the 1950s. The reels, recently re-discovered and converted, were shot by my grandfather, uncles and dad. You get 10 points if you can spot Morey Amsterdam.


Reflected.10×10

22 November 2012

Infinite Destination | 2010
Long Road Ahead | 2009
ok | 2010
Echo Lake | 2007
Words Of Release | 2009
Dream #3: Austin | 2011
Zipline | 2010
Windfall | 2004
Sayulita | 2010
Always In The Sky | 2011

Bandcamp | FreeMusicArchive

cover photo by Westy Reflector of “Untitled” by Drew Barrymore (sharpie and prismacolor markers with scotch tape on matchbook cover, 2009)

66/55

wrote this in 1996 on a chicago to peoria drive.

shirley got electricity back in 1939
kept the milk from spoiling and rotting right there on the vine
just so happened when i drove through
shirley said she didn’t but i knew that she knew
all that power wasn’t flowing through the lines

normal had its heyday back in 1945
almost ½ the town had made it back ½ alive
and there was a house or two for every boy and girl
they had all just beaten back the enemy of that world
and all that government money made it easy to survive

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
66 became 55

mclean didn’t care for kennedy back in 1959
still, they circled chicago with a highway and called it the dan ryan
shirley & normal thought they’d never need another road
‘cause they said that 6 lane highway could carry any load
and shirley and normal forgot what it meant to stop at a light

66 became 55

they put a cyclone in the center of town
they fought for all those parking spots from miles around
seventy-five feet high and a mile and a quarter around
all that light, all that color, all that sound

now shirley went all l.a. and normal wants to be las vegas
so jackpot boats float down the river where huck finn said “big jim saved us.”
and there is a coin or two for every girl and boy
if you think you earned it, it could not have been a ploy
you know that story. it’s old. ’cause history never changed it

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
hey, 66 became 55

66 is off to the side
because it’s the service road of 55
½ the town
is ½ alive


Stand Up, Sherlock [disquiet0045-sherlocksawyer]

Dance break!

Kinda off my beaten path, so have a laugh with me on it. Did not use a guitar this time (honoring a promise to @all-n4tural).

PROCESS:
Sentence 1 (from Tom Sawyer):
“I dare you to step over that and I’ll lick you ’til you can’t stand up.”

Sentence 2 (from Sherlock Holmes):
“A shadow of a doubt as to my conduct would bring the matter to an end.”

Resulting Sentence:
“I a-dare you to step over that wood [sic] shadow, and I’ll lick you ’til you can’t stand my conduct up, as to bring the matter of a doubt to an end.”

Linguistic license was taken with the word “would” to use it as its homonym “wood.” Then I collected a bunch of drum, bass, elec piano, turntable & synth loops hanging out in my “Drive H:” and kitchen-sinked them.

PROJECT:
First, select one sentence from two different pre-existing spoken sources and combine them in any manner you wish into one sentence, using the entirety of both sentences.

Second, add an underlying sonic bed — a musical score — to lend dramatic tension to the newly created sentence.

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The source audio for this project is the public domain LibriVox recordings of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

archive.org/details/adventures_holmes ;
archive.org/details/tom_sawyer_librivox ;

More on this 45th Disquiet Junto project at:
disquiet.com/2012/11/08/disquie…45-sherlocksawyer/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info


crystalline sky grace [disquiet0044-sandy2012]

Still a bit shellshocked here in Brooklyn, NYC. While wrestling with a few other concepts in the last couple days, Amazing Grace kept floating in the air. I believe in forces greater than myself, but I am not religious so much as spiritual. That is, I don’t believe these forces around us act with intention. Sandy didn’t “do” anything to us. She becomes, however, like every disaster, man-made or otherwise, an unwitting catalyst of grace, a measure of everything we “do” for ourselves and each other. The sky was so blue today. Crystalline.

Guitar: Jolie (cherry-red Gibson ES-335)
Amp Modeling: Line-6 POD-XT (setting: “Insane,” described as a “Dual Rectifier on 10 being used as a preamp for a Soldano.”)
Pedal: Ibanez Screamer
Software: Sony Acid 7.0, Paulstretch for Windows, Audacity for Mac

All sounds other than the guitar were derived from the shared recordings by Michael Raphael detailed below (fuzz distortion and Paulstretch harmonics were the key ingredients).

PROJECT:
Create an original track that makes a transition from stormy to placid over the course of its duration. Your track should open fiercely and then slowly give way to calm. You can use additional instruments of your choosing, but the original field recordings should serve as source material both for the stormy and for the placid portions of your track. In other words: the calm part of the track should be built in large part from audio of the storm.

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The source audio from the 2012 storm Sandy was documented by Michael Raphael, an SFX recordist who maintains the field recording blog Fieldsepulchra at sepulchra.com/blog. His sound effects can be found at Rabbit Ears Audio:
rabbitearsaudio.com.

More on this 44th Disquiet Junto project at:
disquiet.com/2012/11/01/disquiet0044-sandy2012/

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info