Category Archives: Music

Are going to the party?

Whenever i choose to go out in public with friends (mostly just to keep myself from becoming a goblin) i always end up having a great time because of them. However, the whole process of meeting people that will probably never share anything besides a few blurred sentences; dressing a certain way to complement the caged arena; head-bobbing/bouncing to a song that loops the off-key voice of a lady that may/may not be under the spell of an auto-tune; all the while im trying to consume as much alcohol as possible to ease awkward eye-contact sequences with my bartender…yeaa, that process just doesn’t appeal to me.
Lindsay Scoggins has actually simplified this whole process through a range of edited/juxtaposed mammals in her video “party animals”; which serves as the promo for the contemporary art show curated by her as well. This girl is a pro at beat-editing, and quite the master of contemporary satirical content. Check out her YouTube channel if you haven’t done so already.

***Also, many thanxs to Jay for introducing me to the term “goblin”; which i will shamelessly abuse in future posts***



“There are two things that don’t have to mean anything, one is music, and the other is laughter”

Last time i visited NYC, i startled up a conversation with a friend who’s a musician about creating a visual project based on the layered sounds of the city. We stayed still for about five minutes, and just tuned in to the sounds of NY. Not conversations, like the typical nosy New Yorker, but the actual sounds of the city; the background noise of real life, melting/welding together into what we call “the familiar”

This is not a new concept, although it might be if you’ve never heard of John Cage’s 4:33. I find myself quoting, and often using John Cage as a theme of conversation, simply because he breaks down complex ideas in realistic/modern terms. Music and visuals for example, don’t have to be decipherable to human senses, or even appealing to be interesting and meaningful. In fact, iconic art filled with clear statements and loud/bright colors can often dull down a piece to a level which can no longer be considered genuine. This concept can be connected to anything, not just limited to music and visuals; human relationships also apply, by using fewer words and more gestures to perfect the art of communication.

almost effortlessly..

“It has to do with the surface of both, which at the end becomes erased, or more erased. Before that, they were richer, full of things. Uglier, but more precise maybe”
-Gerhard Richter

When I think of really intense sensations, like experiencing a moment of pure bliss, or feeling deeply connected to someone else’s understanding of these emotions; I find my head lurking visually for a spot filled with tranquility. Not charged with busy backgrounds, or strong statements, but instead a spot within monotoned and saturated images that contains very little color. Probably one of the reasons to detest most pop art and modern photography is the abusive use of color to convey emotion. I find this so incredibly forced, when it should look almost effortlessly. I caught myself completely falling for this track visually, like the first time I experienced a Gerhard Richter painting up close. Richter’s technique can be found remarkably perfected in Blakes video. Blurred, erased, focused in some areas, but overall revealing a main purpose/intent. I get completely lost in these images, almost effortlessly.

A wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect used in hollywood movies (for ex: a coyote howl, hooting owl, lightning and thunder)


Chaos is so necessary in a daily routine, that lacking such can really push anyone into a deep state of autopilot. The beautifully distorted view in this video paints a chaotic dreamworld in a state of numbness. Wanting to break out into dabs of watercolor, the lyrics complement human silhouettes while stopping/replaying movements. Without losing the human-like component, visuals manage to submerge the viewer into a wonderfully surreal dimension composed through cinematography. The feeling of craving that bit of chaos is overwhelmingly shattered, overlaid, and distorted for a whole 4 minutes and 19 seconds.


This year has been an incredible source of inspiration for myself, and i believe also my surroundings. Living life in the present moment, not worrying about things that can be solved through intangible purchases or monetary exchange. The personal bonds we’ve built along the lines of this fickle life will be what is carried on to the next. In 2011, i plan on making these already built foundations into the tall and solid skyscrapers they are. I will remember this year as the wind that changed my path; a path that has proven to be/will be, nothing short of incredible. With that conclusion, I leave you all with my warmest regards and wishes for paving/changing your very own path in 2011, make it a memorable one.

“We Own The Sky” By M83. Directed by Alex Takacs and Joe Nankin of Young Replicant. D.Photog. Adam Kauper. A perfect blend of imaginative cinematography and special effects portraying life as we know it; full of emotions, ups and downs, climaxes and tribulations.

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“One of he most powerful visions I have experienced was the first photograph of the earth from outer space. The image of a blue planet floating in deep space, glowing like the full moon on a clear night, brought home powerfully to me the recognition that we are indeed all members of a single family – sharing one little house.”
-Dalai Lama ( Tenzin Gyatso )

A friend recently posted this quote on the almighty social networking monster that is facebook and it really got my brain buzzing. I don’t remember the last time i experienced something of such oracular magnitude. Which brings me to my next point, our human spirit has in lots of ways decreased in value. Our popular culture has such convenient accessibility to geography without distance, history without time, value without weight, transactions without cash; that in turn, it has dematerialized anything with true value. The human element, for instance; its in this day and age considered a replaceable object.
The capital leading interests of our generation seem to be: forcing up productivity, and shedding as many unprofitable tasks as possible, which in turn has delaminated the only constant thing we posses; the human spirit. We want more, more, and more of what isn’t truly fulfilling/important. Yes, facebook condenses time like no other living/breathing thing by bringing you real-time updates on whether/not your neighbor went to work this morning, and if he did, how much traffic is he encountering, or where he checked in to have his 2 o’ clock coffee. But can all of these replace the value of a vis-à-vis human conversation?
Unlike the perplexing experience one would encounter on a trip to the moon involving all human senses, we are now experiencing things through the palm of our hands; introducing a false experience through new and improved fabricated senses. I posted Eskmo’s most recent video, animated by artist CYRIAK. This guy is truly a hidden manic gem in the animation world. He uses everything from hindu connotations to capitalist and surrealist mario world politics. The song itself is short and simple, with a beat that could make cows tip over. In many ways, i feel the artist expresses his frustration through repetition. Like Eskimo’s sound-hacked simple statement “we got more”, CYRIAK’s animation is simple but powerful enough to compose a valid statement.

“Hello, I am Cyriak from 100 years into the future, where I have been exhumed and sent backwards in time via cyberspace in order to welcome you to the unabridged contents of my brain-damaged imagination”

of life’s algorithms

As intelligent beings, we constantly reject figures of asymmetrical nature because of aesthetic purposes, same applies to mathematical equations. In the book of life, we are presented with a series of equations. These equations are followed by logical solutions; which one can deliver from carefully sought out formulas. As we read this book, we find ourselves unprepared for an indecipherable method. When life’s pages call forth ambiguity and dismisses logic, something truly genuine happens. We suddenly remember the mystery that is the unsolved LIVING equation of every living/breathing organism that falls under an infinite algorithm. We suddenly recall the smell of wet grass, or that soft baby head smell that concludes in a smile. I know, im being poetically intrusive again, but these configurations aren’t part of logical equations. These insignificant details are what makes life’s statement impossible to decode.
I posted one of my favorite videos directed by Henrik Christensen and sang/composed by danish duo Trolle//Siebenhaar, which animates life in all it’s simplicity. Noting the literal reference, I especially enjoy listening to this song with my dogs; whom i believe dismiss algorithms to enjoy the curious breeze flowing through an open car window.

SN: I seem to be fascinated with Emerson’s writings lately. He pours his words down a blank sheet with the flow of intuitivism.
“Trust thyself: Every heart vibrates to that iron string”