I’m going to keep this short because I’m still in Martha’s Vineyard and am trying to spend as little time on the computer as possible.
I’m proud to announce the release of March’s cluster performance, Moon After Berceuse - duet with Ike Sturm. Hope you enjoy it! It was very very fun to shoot and perform.
I’ll be back at you soon with images and thoughts from the Martha’s Vineyard festival, which was even more lovely than I thought it would be!
I had rather strange sleep last night. I’d say it was kind of fluorescent, electric sleep… constant but buzzing. Obsessive thoughts about the Martha’s Vineyard Independent Festival and all my lovely friends there.
At some point I was at a video store with a couple friends and I saw a poster for Fellini’s Clowns (one of my favorite films) and asked my pals a question: does this mean it’s available on dvd…? The dream response was a widescreen dvd cover in messy black and white video, but… endlessly, horizontally wide, and it spread out before my eyes, honest, slightly sad and beautiful… and it was of the Sea at Martha’s Vineyard. Somehow I imagine seeing my friend Jeremy’s face kind of translucent smiling over this vista with his friends. I was lost in a trance. Then snapping back to the video store I said, Oh yes I’m definitely going to buy The Clowns.
What is the meaning of this? I suppose it’s obnoxious to over-analyze dreams. Especially in public! So let’s just chalk it up to me being very excited. I’m going to bring my whole video and audio rig, so there should be plenty of material to work with when I return.
On a side note… The Moon Duet cluster video has been finished for five days now, but we’re having some technical difficulties with the site. But if we can’t get them figured out before I leave they will be up by the time I get back. Thanks for your patience.Puerto Rico / shooting with Ike / strange powers
So just got back from a nice week off in Puerto Rico. Such a beautiful island. I brought my camera and made a lot of little movies, hopefully some of which will make it into some future work. Here’s an image from Old San Juan:
I got back just in time to shoot my next cluster video with my friend, the great upright bassist, Ike Sturm. We captured ten voices in five passes live to my p2 card for you. It’s a performance of my song Moon After Berceuse sung at St. Peter’s church. That’s a church famously known as “the jazz church” and Ike is the musical director there. Anyway, aroudn the middle of March I’ll be going live with it, so check back.
While I was away in Puerto Rico “The Sad Song” got featured on youtube, and in one day the stats went from 1,110 views to 175,000 views, and continued to climb until the video left the front page. It was very exciting, but most beautiful about it was hearing from folks who’d seen it.
Actually, I heard from an old friend with whom I went to elementary school. His name is Theo Burkhardt, and he has a great video which I totally love, so I wanted to post a link to it. Go watch it! The song is “Strange Powers” by the Magnetic Fields. Great song. Great video.Welcome to the site!
It’s been a long time in the making and the site is rich in content, so I here’s a little introduction to what you will find.
The Sad Song is now joined by a new video for The Turn. You will find both of these videos in the media section under the heading “opus”, joined by my Silent Night video. Keep checking back for updates, there are many more in the works.
Also in the media section you’ll also find a heading called Cluster Videos. Once a month I will do a new live performance of all of the vocals of my song and cluster them together graphically. Until science finds a way to clone human beings, this is probably the purest way I can possibly perform my music live. Please head on over and take in my first performance. And if you have any requests email me!
In the download area you will find a full set of desktop images and avatars from images by the very cool designer Richard Colman, and my own cat as avatar. Keep checking here for future treats.
Do search the site carefully, as there may be some hidden content…
I owe many thanks to Mike Grigg of Royal Magnet, who designed the site, as well as to Joey Trimmer who did the code. And the marvelous artwork is by Richard Colman.
Please enjoy the site and come back again soon!