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speaking of video...

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vaskulas

i witnessed two of the most original video installation artists around, woody and steina vlaskus, (also founders of the kitchen [phillip glass, peter greenaway, brian eno, etc.]), at the experimental film program, evolution, in the leeds international film festival. most of their work is steeped in technology, and challenges preconcieved notions of video as art as performance. it changed my thinking of the medium, as well as (gasp!) art in general. enjoy: http://vasulka.org/


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discussion

  • What sorts of things did they have on display? Looks like really interesting st...more
    - [name not provided]
  • the quicktime videos of the pieces on display are nice. is it the artist in the...more
    - [Ande]
  • Anyone have any other places like this that they visit?
    - [nick]
  • Mmm...I'm not sure if it's like this, per se. But here is a site I found intere...more
    - [name not provided]
  • the work showed at the festival were (on video) examples of their installation w...more
    - [ben]
  • i always wanted a midi violin. mmm... zeta.
    - [nick]

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Waging Peace: A Traveling Circus and Minstrel Show

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This came to me by way of our friend Medicine Crow, and I thought I'd post it up on his behalf.

Peter

Waging Peace! A Traveling Circus and Minstrel Show (A Prospectus):

This is a cooperative, interactive and educational low-tech company of artists, musicians, performers, writers, actors, magicians, preachers, prophets, etc. whose purpose is to promote Peace by breaking down the barriers between individuals and encouraging the growth of organic communities of like-minded people. Our tools are music, dance, poetry, magic, comedy and drama, all salted with humor and a large dose of personal humility. Going from community to community we set up, perform and inspire those in attendance to participate, with us and (more importantly) with each other. We will ask for a standard donation but no one will be turned away.

The members consist of those who want to do more than oppose war. Peace is not the absence of conflict, but rather, its resolution without resorting to hostility or violence: this is best done by promoting and building communities that transcend the usual flotsam and jetsam that separate us as humans.

Money will need to be raised to support the ongoing work of the group and for the sustenance of the players. The skillful use of the faces of dead Presidents, printed on pieces of paper, as an arbitrary medium of exchange seems to have eluded me. Anyone possessing such a gift should come forward sooner that later. As much as I abhor the idea of paying taxes to a Government whose apparent, primary purpose seems to be the waging of war, I am not willing to jeopardize the ongoing mission of the group by trying to circumvent paying taxes. For the present I feel that we must render unto Caesar those things that he claims as his…even if he is a bloodthirsty barbarian. A Green Energy Wizard will need to come forward to help us navigate this quagmire. We must go forward in faith but with our feet firmly on the ground.

“Blessed are the Peace Makers, they shall see God.”

Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth

I don’t know about anyone else, but I most definitely want to see God. In fact, seeing God has been on my “To Do” list for as long as I can remember. I cannot begin to count the times I was told, in my days of vagabondage in the early nineteen-seventies through nineteen-eighty, that if I took this pill, climbed that Mountain or joined some group/church/organiziation that I would see God. I tried a few of these things, with some skepticism I’ll admit, and never saw God (or if I did I didn’t recognize Her). This may well be the best way of attaining that goal: It seems pretty straightforward anyway.

Anyone who wants to see God should get in contact with:

Medicine Crow (a.k.a. Michael Iott)

784 Michigan St.

Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

(517) 663-7354

papa@medicinecrow.net

http://medicinecrow.net



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discussion

  • Mike hosts and/or coordinates multiple open-mic nights in and around Lansing, wi...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Paint to the Music

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I have to say that I am still riding the crest of the creative ripples from Fort Wendy, and I've been inspired to organize a night of "painting to the music."

Participants can either bring paints/canvases/etc., or musical instruments. One medium can inspire the other as we strive to close the loop.

Looks like the farmhouse/Fort Wendy is booked for the fall, so I am seeking alternate locations. Does anyone know of available space where this could be a mid-October reality?

This is definitely not closed to other modes of expression -- integration is a key concept.

How's October 18 or 19 look?



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discussion

  • Members of NPH have been trying to organize a public show of simultaneous music...more
    - [automaton]
  • peter, let me know if you get something going in conjuction with NPH.
    - [ben]
  • What's NPH? This sounds interesting. I could do Oct. 19th, but not 18th, I thi...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I think it would be great to hook up with NPH. I like Louis' idea of harnessing...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • neo pseudo happening is another loc...more
    - [ben]
  • Sounds like a good short synopsis, Ben. The NPH and OCC groups would benefit a g...more
    - [automaton]
  • I am committed that evening, can anyone else make it? If not, I'll make a point...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • anyone going to be able to head to the NPH meeting tonight?
    - [ben]
  • Is there still any interest in a painting/music night? I think I may have found...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I'm still very interested...I've been sequestered in my loft (painting, at that)...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • you should get a hold of edmund to see if/when NPH is going to do their paint to...more
    - [ben]
  • I ripped apart some bits from Radio Shack last weekend, and got something workin...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Let's let Louis' idea ripen a bit. I am intrigued with the motions of brushes a...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • From the October 22 issue of the Lansing Noise: "Art in the Dark" <...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • The post above is a little different tack than our discussions have been taking....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • This is my review of the NPH event: Two large square pieces of masonite...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Judith Rosenberg did some really interesting paintings in the 1940s and 1950s th...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • great review peter! we really should pursue our ideas. it would be neat to have...more
    - [ben]
  • On February 27th, I participated in a paint-to-the-music event at Club X-cel, an...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Amazing how music can influence the art. Maybe next time we can make suggestion...more
    - [nick]
  • I'll ask Aaron next time I see him if anyone has been documenting these events.
    - [stargrazer]

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art works which are using wireless technology

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Jaka Zeleznikar has an impressive list of art work and installations that utilize everything from phones to text messaging to global positioning systems.

Take a look for ideas or just browse for fun.



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discussion

  • Very cool stuff. Makes me want a GPS device even more (I never thought about ma...more
    - [name not provided]
  • The Dialtones piece scared me a bit... interactive ambient music. One of the few...more
    - [nick]
  • GPS mark-making is a fascinating subject. I wonder what other "unconscious" met...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Weird. I didn't see the cell phone bit before. I will have to listen to that l...more
    - [name not provided]
  • new ideas for ambient music louis?
    - [nick]
  • New ways to apply it, rather. I've wanted to do a piece that involves various b...more
    - [name not provided]
  • long-distance music making has a sort of historical resonance to it, like huntin...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I like that. I'll keep it in mind next time I hear someone's cell phone ring....more
    - [name not provided]
  • Hmmm...how can I twist this conversation into some sort of platform for my polit...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Busker Du

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It's official: musicians, grab your gig bags. Singers, stretch your vocal cords. Poets, warm up your word-play. A week from this Thursday, on September 11, OCC members and associates will appear all over the world (thanks Ben and Julia!), bringing music and thought to streets, parks and other public places.

Select a location and a time of day, and let fly with your muse. Remember to sing loud, play only unamplified instruments, and put a hat or instrument case on the ground. Keep the change!

If your time permits it, spend at least 2-3 hours playing out. Don't forget to note how passers-by react. Do they walk by coolly, without eye contact? Do they smile and toss some coins? Do they linger and watch for a while? Do they shout "Freebird!" from across the park? Do they talk to you? Do they join in and sing?

Feel free to play as individuals or in small combos. Let us know where you played and how things go!



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discussion

  • consider taking some colored sidewalk chalk with you and leave it laying out. I...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I'm game! If you can, take a picture digital or otherwise and send it to me wit...more
    - [nick]
  • I think in this scenario, the camera can definitely be utilized expressively and...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Do we know where and when people are planning to play? A mini group jam outdoor...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • I'm planning on doing something in Rochester, MI. Maybe the park?
    - [nick]
  • I'll be taking the 4:30 shift at Ferris Park (Lansing) with Tom Manley and possi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • all i have to busk with is a nepali singing bowl, but i felt it was appropriate....more
    - [ben]
  • Today's the day, yo. Don't forget to remember to take pictures!
    - [stargrazer]
  • Very appropriate! Heck, bust out the pots and pans!
    - [stargrazer]
  • Report from the front lines: Myself, Tony Sills, Tom Manley and Lloyd (s...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • a couple interesting things i've found in manchester relating to busking: i fou...more
    - [ben]
  • Interesting that the "Ill Communication" exhibit of street art on urbis advertis...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I "play out" a lot (in my back yard) -- but my audience is mostly a family of de...more
    - [stargrazer]

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How would you define music?

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We all seem to have a common bond through music, so I'm here to ask everyone several questions about what role music plays in their lives.  Later, we can use our answers to help us shape our philosophy on music.  You don't need to answer every one of them in a single answer, just whatever question you have something to say about.

Music: 

1.  What is it? 

2.  What purpose does it serve? 

3.   Where does it come from? 

4.  How does it "fit" in contemporary society and culture?

 



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discussion

  • Music. Personally, it serves as a sort of theraputic device. Both the creation...more
    - [name not provided]
  • There is an inscription over the stage in Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Arts...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • music, for me, is an addiction. I'm a willing and aware addict, though...
    - [stargrazer]
  • ...or is it the duality between "discipline" and "indiscipline?"
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nice posting guys...........hmmm......do you really think music is the universal...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Heh. Well, I'm finishing a Mathematics degree, and harmonics realte to math pre...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Okay, music is probably not THE universal language, nor is it really a language...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Music could be the universal language, where each of the styles, attributes, rhy...more
    - [nick]
  • I think that's a good point. No matter how widely divergent a culture is, the m...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • So then, how does one categorise music that absorbs such sounds as the environme...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis beat me to the punch. The rise of of portable digital recording devices...more
    - [nick]
  • Additionally, recording software such as pr...more
    - [nick]
  • Oo! Abelton Live is pretty neat too. I used that recently. It does some prett...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Do you mean sampling from sources that are not traditionally regarded as musical...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Ya know, my eye scanned this last post, and I read: "It's all in the ear of the...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I guess I can see that, in the sort of flippancy of the statement. It tends to...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hehe...usually what I hear from my family is something along the lines of: "Coul...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I think we are starting to distill all the gray areas at work here. Music appre...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think we've got the makings of a thesis here. =-) Peter, I'll give your...more
    - [nick]
  • Uhh, Nick, you seem to have missed the critical point that the landscapers were...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Proposal of "Controlled Chaos"

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Has anyone heard about these outbreaks of "controlled chaos" that's been going on in major cities across the U.S.?  This is where folks get on their cell phones and on a whim, agree to meet somewhere at a specific time (we're talking guys and gals in suits on their lunch breaks) and create a major scene like making animal noises for two minutes, then stop suddenly and just get on with their day. 

It may sound silly to some, but to me it makes perfect sense as to why people would feel a need to take a moment out of their busy and serious work day to be silly even if it is just for a few minutes.  It's fun and entertaining and it reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.  Besides, I've always wanted to travel with my drum mallets and maybe when we're in a group somewhere public, we might start drumming on whatever is in sight for a few minutes, then suddenly stop.  What do you think?  Should the OCC put on some controlled chaos of our own?

 



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discussion

  • jean check out ...more
    - [ben]
  • has anyone ever been mailbox drumming? This usually occurs late at night, on wa...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i always have my drunksticks with me for that sole purpose.
    - [ben]
  • hey ben, I checked out Nick's posting about the mob flashers, and i guess we cou...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • is that the same thing you were talking about? they meet up in malls and other p...more
    - [ben]
  • it might be the same thing, but uh, how do you all feel about flashing???
    - [Jeanne]
  • um... it doesn't involve nudity... unless you want it to.
    - [ben]
  • i was just kidding. flashing is not my thing. i'd rather make a lot of noise a...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • the trend has actually been on the decline. For an even deeper look at the "nex...more
    - [nick]
  • Why must we always be late bloomers? Ach, some would say the nightblooms are th...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • it would be neat to look through satellite photos or films to see what patterns...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Wage Peace!

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I am no longer content to simply oppose war. I am tired of always reacting to the madness of others. Waging Peace is about rebuilding society from the ground up. We have more in common with each other than we have been lead to believe. Modern technological culture would isolate us in front of our Televisions, Computers, wearing headphones to keep out only those meticulously over-produced visions of the world around us that will encourage us to remain isolated...yearning to buy crap we don't need with money we don't have...One hundered channels of crap...creating an ever-increasing need for more crap...a perpetual state of dissatisfaction...with the stuff we have...I need: a faster computer...a more powerful stereo...So I can listen to more prepackaged crap...that never misses a beat and never burps, or farts or...I need, a newer widget, a faster gadget...a girlfriend who looks like Britney and swallows...I need to belong to the greatest country in the world...and I'll be damned if Fox News doesn't deliver...Fighting evil in Iraq and all that good shit...Wait...Who're you!!...Get off my property!!! Or I'll call Tom Ridge...or John Ashcroft...Weren't you the nine of hearts in the "most wanted" deck of unpatriotic bastards who don't support President Peckerhead or the troops...Go back to your own yard and get your hippie-drumming"-peace&lovewe're-all-brothers-tie-dyed-pie-eyed-makelovenotwar" crap outa my goddamn yard. In short...there has to be a better way... Much Love...Mitakuye Oyasin! Michael (Medicine Crow) http://medicinecrow.net


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discussion

  • yes there does have to be a better way...
    - [ben]
  • Waging peace through the arts can take on many faces. Even if the messaging is...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Wage Peace by busking!
    - [stargrazer]
  • September 11 falls on a Thursday this year...what about making that afternoon ou...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Audiopad.

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Pretty innovative.  This has to be a knob tweakers heaven.

"Audiopad is something I have developed with electronic musician and fellow Media Lab graduate student Ben Recht.

It is a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. One can pull sounds from a giant set of samples, juxtapose archived recordings against warm synthetic melodies, cut between drum loops to create new beats, and apply digital processing all at the same time on the same table. Audiopad not only allows for spontaneous reinterpretation of musical compositions, but also creates a visual and tactile dialogue between itself, the performer, and the audience."

Audiopad has a matrix of antenna elements which track the positions of electronically tagged objects on a tabletop surface. Software translates the position information into music and graphical feedback on the tabletop. Each object represents either a musical track or a microphone."



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discussion

  • movement and music seem to have such parallel existence.
    - [stargrazer]
  • I've seen this before...I can't recall where. Very interesting stuff -- a drivi...more
    - [name not provided]
  • On an extremely basic level, a theremin uses a similar movement-to-music techniq...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Yeah, there are quite a few things like that now. Wierd stuff you can do with M...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Should be an interesting visit. I find this sort of alternate approach to sound...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Busker's Delight

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I know that we harbor musicians in our midst (gasp!), and I know of a tried and true way to spread your songs. From subway tunnels to university quads, the ancient art of busking has filled the air of public spaces for centuries, since minstrels and bards first stumbled empty-bellied into Old World fiefdoms. Playing unamplified music in public places not only gives enjoyment to passers by, it also recaptures parks, bus stops, etc. in the name of music! I propose a busking syndicate be formed among and outside of the OCC. The sudden appearance of diverse street musicians would be a welcome break from the typically averted eyes of strangers passing on anonymous sidewalks. Tips, of course, belong to the musician.


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discussion

  • We'll talk about this more at Fort Wendy.
    - [stargrazer]
  • having experienced the busker scene on the streets of boston, i say please, some...more
    - [Ande]
  • Where exactly do you live?
    - [stargrazer]
  • You know, there's just not enough busking happening in the streets of Lansing an...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Maybe we could coordinate a particular day and time when all of a sudden, musici...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Draft your musician friends!
    - [stargrazer]
  • seemingly spontaneous busking? nice. that sounds a lot like the flashcrowd happe...more
    - [ben]
  • The hills are alive...
    - [stargrazer]
  • One of the things that we didn't get to at Fort Wendy was the busking workshop....more
    - [stargrazer]

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rivers and tides

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julia and i got a chance to see an extraordinary film on sunday documenting the work of artist andy goldsworthy. incredibly moving and poetic, intertwining the sparse but beautiful soundtrack by fred frith, goldsworthy's insightful commentary, and director/cinematographer thomas riedelsheimer's equally profound camerawork makes for a balanced, gently powerful film. highly, highly recommended.

"The singular mind of Andy Goldsworthy is at work in 'Rivers and Tides.' When "Rivers and Tides" begins, it's not clear that its subject, British environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, will be able to command our attention for 90 minutes. By the time it's over, however, we take our leave with reluctance, even sadness. It has been a kind of privilege to see the world through this man's eyes.

Goldsworthy is celebrated for creating art in the wild using whatever natural materials are at hand, stones and driftwood as well as leaves if it's summer and ice if it's winter. He puts enormous effort into making these pieces look effortless, as if they could have been on site all along.

Because his works are often delicate and always open to the elements, they frequently last a finite amount of time. "The thing that brings a work to life," the artist says, "will cause its death."

rivers and tides

venues and dates



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discussion

  • Looks cool!
    - [nick]
  • Fred Frith has a number of far-out records if anyone digs the abstract guitar st...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • surprisingly, frith's score doesn't utilize his guitar all that often in this fi...more
    - [ben]
  • You'd be surprised at some of the more "ambient" sounds that frith can coax out...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Holy archipelaggios, Batman!
    - [name not provided]
  • ...but we were talking about andy goldsworthy.
    - [stargrazer]
  • yeah he does some neat stuff too.
    - [ben]
  • Improv nature-sculpture at the retreat? With ambient nontraditional guitar acco...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • sounds fun to me!
    - [pax]

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Outside Circle weekend retreat at Fort Wendy

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I am pleased to announce the first OCC weekend retreat, August 22, 23 and 24 at Fort Wendy. What is Fort Wendy? Fort Wendy is more of an idealized meeting point for creatively minded people than it is an actual location...e-mail me at richar66@msu.edu for directions to the Fort this time around. There is plenty of camping space, a pit for bonfires, walking and mountain-biking trails, abundant wildlife, and I am told that crop circles have been appearing in the area. Details will be released to the collective as they unfold. If you have ideas or would like to help out as a volunteer, contact me or Ben.


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discussion

  • I'm excited, Peter. I'll look that place up in the internet in the meantime. I...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Hiram, I don't think you'll find Fort Wendy (you see, it isn't so much a place a...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • To all: Some things you may want to bring: Camping gear if you will be staying...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • if anyone has any suggestions as to what events could take place at the retreat,...more
    - [ben]
  • those interested in the Stargrazer project, we will have a songwriter's round-ro...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Speaking of volunteers, we could use two or three people to help things run smoo...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Must one attend the entire weekend? I feel like I'm going to be pulled rather t...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Ah, and whichever night I am there, there will be an ad lib cook-in by the fire....more
    - [name not provided]
  • Friday and Saturday nights will also feature around-the-fire discussions about w...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is clothing required? If so, Is there a dress code? If so, Can we get www.wigg...more
    - [name not provided]
  • happy birthing day to hirma! i think hirams idea of cooking either around the...more
    - [ben]
  • clothing will not be required, but pixelization is a must.
    - [ben]
  • peter, do we absolutely need to rule out any sort of electronic instrumentation?...more
    - [ben]
  • Can I bring a walkie-talkie?
    - [name not provided]
  • Ben, yes. My main concern is that we don't upset the neighbors (who own the pro...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i know you can count on nick, julia, and i to carry share the load. i'm not sure...more
    - [ben]
  • ideas from last nights barrel discussion: possible guest speaker (not telling wh...more
    - [ben]
  • I have invited three guest artists to give a quick talk about their work. Their...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think that we will schedule things loosely, using "morning," "afternoon" and "...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Here's a tentative schedule: Friday afternoon - guests start arriving...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Let's talk about food: Can someone bring a sack of potatos? Or oranges? Veggi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • peter please email itinerary to nick (nick at edict.com) and i as well. we'll se...more
    - [ben]
  • Julia and Ben, can you lead a workshop on Saturday? Ande? Can anyone get ahold...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think i'll be helping people get their work documented and lead somewhat of a...more
    - [ben]
  • Probably not a huge surprise given recent events, but I don't believe I will be...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Bring photos, artwork, poetry, design work, etc (of scannable size or on a CD) t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Top 5 Reasons to RSVP: 1. You'll receive accurate directions ...more
    - [stargrazer]

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voyage of the stargrazer

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to all interested musicians: I am launching a parallel musical collective project to compliment the outside circle. Dubbed "stargrazer," I am billing this as a "non-traditional songwriting think tank." While traditional instruments and structures will not be excluded, the emphasis will be on writing and arranging outside of the box. Improvisation as a compositional tool will take precedence over improvisation as an end in and of itself. Incorporating diverse elements like field recordings, editing techniques, performance and constructive critique, stargrazer seeks to advance songcraft in interesting new directions. While it may be easier to meet in person or exchange tapes or files at first, eventually a web-based archive of some of our results will be a goal.


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discussion

  • Peter. This sounds really cool. Let us know how we can participate.
    - [nick]
  • Nick, just judging by the musical skills of collective members that I know, I am...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i think this is a great idea! count me in... it reminds me a bit of the real wor...more
    - [ben]
  • Ben, I like the Outside Circle Weekend gathering idea. Peter... what do you thi...more
    - [nick]
  • Input on where and when to do something like the Outside Circle gathering? It ne...more
    - [ben]
  • I think this is a great idea. There are several threads that we have all starte...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Workshop ideas: "Promoting OutsideCircle's Visual Identity" (poster, flier and...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I like the idea of someplace centralized, say somewhere between Lnasing, a2, Det...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Hiram, I have about 12-15 beats and loops that I've put together for you to try...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • All: Please see the post about the weekend retreat at Fort Wendy for the offici...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Creative Outputs, Resources, Misc, Etc.

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http://deviantart.com/
This is an online gallery. Mostly visual artists: painters, illustrators, photographers, and designers. Wide range of talent and skill level as I've seen so far from the contributors. Even contains forums/blogs/posts for discussions, comments, suggestions, and whatnot.
http://www.greyanthology.com/
For those of you that know Casey Sorrow (bald art store manager at Kresge-MSU), this is his site for B&Willustrations Maybe you have something you'd like to contribute?
http://neopseudohappening.org/
Local Lansing (young) artist group looking to expand the creative scene of its environment through projects, experiments, and exhibitions. The group exhibits once a month for a single day at Bare Bone Studios in Oldtown Lansing, during the Sunday gallery walk (. . . for now). Group roster varies from project to project. Core group within NPH: Aaron Curtner, Tim Lane, Latricia Horstman &Dustin Dorothy Smith, Lorie Waldie, Joe, and myself. NPH is looking for creative individuals to get involved in future artistic projects, experimentations, and the like. The site is being renovated currently before the next show in July. Look for it soon! There is a meeting this Friday the 27th, 8pm at Bare Bone Studios (1236 Turner). We'll be going over July's project progress, but we'll answer questions about the group, future projects, etc. if any of you decide to visit. We're planning to go bowling after the meeting!


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discussion

  • Seems like it would be good to turn on some of these folks to the collective. W...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I gave the Outside Circle web address to one of the peeps with everyone's e-mail...more
    - [automaton]
  • great ed. share the word and vice versa. i checked out NPH's site and it's prett...more
    - [ben]
  • yes, nice site - i enjoyed the poetry!
    - [pax]

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| t | h | e | _ | g | r | i | d |

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"the grid is not only something we can't get out of... it runs right through us, it dominates the way we look at the world around us." - dan cameron

npr's studio 360 tackles what probably every art student has found to be one of the most liberating and constricting things they were taught.

the show investigates the origin of the grid and how it can be applied not only to 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional visual spaces, but aural spaces as well. the grid, which is often misread as limiting those who function with and within it, is discussed here not only through it's rigid lines, but also the openness of its neccesity, practicality, and instinctual relationship that we share with it.

chuck close is the show's guest.

check out the audio archive of the show: http://www.wnyc.org/studio360/show.html



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discussion

  • The concept of the grid brings out the mathematical side of artistic thought and...more
    - [pax]
  • We did a design project with non-linear "grids." They were arrived at by cuttin...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • that's refreshing peter, freeing the composer of the initial binds that the grid...more
    - [ben]
  • Ben, sorry about the lag time -- It was in Professor Funk's 8-hour Design class,...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Peter, I'd be interested in seeing the results. Any chance you have that file o...more
    - [nick]
  • I've listened to this studio 360 show twice now... with a month or two to digest...more
    - [nick]
  • Uhh...it's on one of those Zip 100s. I may have a hard copy I can scan, though....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • yeah preetty cool stuff, huh? peter, if you can wait until i get back i can put...more
    - [ben]

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First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

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I caught the tail end of this on the radio the other day and thought it was a pretty creative idea:

"the first viennese vegetable orchestra consists exclusively of vegetable-based instruments, although where necessary, additional kitchen utensils such as knives or mixers are employed. this creates an autonomous and totally novel type of sound which cannot be achieved with conventional musical instruments. marinated sound ideas and canned listening habits beg for expansion! this music is a playful departure from the conventional way of looking at vegetables as mere means to still an appetite. the instruments are subsequently made into a soup so that the audience can then enjoy them a second time..."

Here is the NPR interview:

"Members of The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra, including Matthias Meinharter and Barbara Kaiser, talk about making their own instruments, all of them out of vegetables."

Listen to All Things Considered audio

Be sure to check out their instruments.



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discussion

  • This is great! What a great way to satisfy one's hunger for creativity and nutri...more
    - [Cali]
  • Kick out the Jams.
    - [ben]

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zaireeka!

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listed to the hard-to-find flaming lips album last week, zaireeka. difficult little bugger. the album consists of 4 discs, each containing the same songs, but with different tracks. yep that's right, different tracks, which means you need 4 cd players to listen to it, and 4 people to all press "play" at the same time. aside from it being a slightly complicated process, the album proved to be an enjoyable listen, although the expected time delay became a little unbearble at times. apparently the idea stemmed from a project flaming lips frontman wayne coyne came up with involving 50 parked cars and 50 tape decks; zaireeka is a multimedia experience that might have occured if john cage hung around the beatles long enough. recommended. 

http://www.flaminglips.com/content/discography/a/08_main.php?sid



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discussion

  • Crazy. Have you tried it with 4 cd players yet?
    - [nick]
  • I want to hear this sometime!
    - [pax]
  • yes, i tried it last week w/ 4 players. i have a copy of it, and we're also mixi...more
    - [ben]
  • I was present at this 4-cd event, and I must add that at times the ultra-low and...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • FYI: the flaming lips are playing tonight (4/30) at Clutch Cargo.
    - [pax]
  • My friend Jerry mentioned in passing yesterday that he had this album and wanted...more
    - [stargrazer]

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nothingism restated

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many say, "nothing is sacred." I would alter this to say, "nothingness is sacred."

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discussion

  • It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing. It receives but does not keep. --Chuang...more
    - [ben]
  • It was in my painting that I first embraced nothing, by blacking out large areas...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • For some time, I've been fascinated with the creation-destruction duality presen...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • There is a state of mind that I call "the Happy Empty." It is when the mind is...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • To me, nothing has taken on a visual identity as the "color" black...actually th...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is nothing the cusp between creation and destruction? Or active/passive? Is no...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is there even a possibility of nothing? Dust-motes whirl, seen and unseen. The...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothing as the absence of something came home to me in a most personal way. Whe...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Large white rectangles -- the impassiviveness of a blank canvas, daydreaming tha...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Funny that blankness is so intimidating. An untouched canvas, the first word of...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Starting. Just initializing motion seems the most difficult thing for the artis...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothingism is an invisible journal, where everything but the nature of the conte...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I have nothing to add.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Oh! Sorry to break the train of thought, but regarding nothingness, this summer...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis, break in any time you want. I'll try looking Ryman up.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Oh, do that. It's really neat stuff. I had thought, as I did with War...more
    - [name not provided]
  • That is the sign of successful art, I think. I have a little saying that (I thi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • True. Such is the same for advertising. I often end up scolding myyself for be...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Or pointless jingles...or 70's classic rock lyrics...
    - [stargrazer]
  • I checked out Ryman, and was surprised to learn that he is the most likely inspi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Interesting. I've never heard of it. Sounds very applicable. And, as...more
    - [name not provided]
  • My painting instructor had a great comeback to "my five year-old could paint tha...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothing is now where I lay, for I have nowhere to go. And "nowhere" is quantifi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Here's something to chew on. I was reading an essay today by Lucy Lippard, "The...more
    - [name not provided]
  • "...until we find you, nothing until we kiss you, nothing until we sin...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • john cage once said that all he knew about method was that when he was not worki...more
    - [ben]
  • Yes. For me, when I am painting, I suspend my intellect and let the paint deter...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • How many practitioners of abstraction (in art, in music, in film, etc.) have mad...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • If it is not art that comes from within -- if art comes uniquely from without --...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • What comes from within is unquantifiable -- raw emotional "data" that we assign...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • To create a non-symbolic visual experience, in paint. This does not mean that t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • ...non-symbolism divorced from notions like irony or post-critical cleverness?...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Well, it's been a while, but I'd like to respond to a few thoughts: ...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Hi Louis,I wanted to respond, but I've had trouble posting from my home c...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hi. Yeah, my aplogies if I was a little blunt, as I do realise these are genera...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis, I have not been avoiding your queries -- just been having trouble posting...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Speaking of abstraction, why do people perceive that they have such a problem wi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think that Yoda actually has one of the most profound observations that can be...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Now seems like a good time to bring up corporate culture's co-opting of modernis...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • A response. In no particular order. The more I learn about Frank Ste...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I had no idea that there was a film about that. I made a comment to that effect...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Okay, here's the information (thanks for making me look it up):
    ...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Is there such a thing as a graffiti museum? If not, there should be.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Lots of stuff out there: ...more
    - [nick]
  • There are good zines (or used to be, at least). A year or so ago, I ordered som...more
    - [name not provided]
  • A filter for frustrated ideas. A clearing house for dreams. An auction of forg...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothing is a reservoir for something. In effect, "something" lacks de...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey. Been a long time since I've seen this post.. Some more off-base things to...more
    - [name not provided]

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