The internet is just an incredibly wonderful place. It’s just over-abundant with information, and opportunity to gain new knowledge. I’ve been adamantly following the exploits of Ubu Web, a repository for the avant-garde. They also have absolutely roped me back into the Twitter-verse; their Twitter account posts the most informative and interesting bits of media, text, audio, video that is encompassed by the HUGE umbrella of the avant-garde (much farther reaching than you’d expect… I’d like to think that I’m an apt example of in my own tastes).
Please do yourself a favor and check out Ubu Web at ubu.com, and their twitter @ubuweb.
Lastly, the reason which prompted this post: a very interesting article on internet music and its results, written by Ubu Web founder Kenneth Goldsmith. He has seemed to hit the nail on the head when it comes to the new shift in music as a commodity and listening patterns that have resulted in the internet mp3 boom. I’m right there with him. I used to be a record collecting junkie. Couldn’t get enough. But then I had a bit more of a disposable income (the joys of living with your parents). I can’t tell you the last time I bought an album. It was likely because I couldn’t download it. But with this freedom, I feel like I have not only been exposed to more music but have become a BIGGER music fan. Which IMO is much more important.
The Wire Issue # 327: Epiphanies: Kenneth Goldsmith
That being said, please download my music as much as you please; sample it, repurpose it, enjoy it, it’s yours.
This pretty much describes my compositional process:
On Saturday April 02 from 2-4 PM I will be performing two new works-in-progress at the Eyebeam Art+Technology Center as a culmination of the Sound Art class I helped teach for two classes, where members of the class will exhibit their works in an open collaborative gallery environment. See the PERFORMANCE page for more information.
Some might not know that I’m a HUGE Hip-Hop head. When I first got into Hip-Hop I was fortunate to have two friends INCREDIBLY versed in Hip-Hop: Clark O’Neill (a.k.a. Ill Lou Minotti from the now disbanding Hip-Hop group THE WATCHMEN) and Dan Beaulieu (a.k.a. Rob Banks, part-owner of Hip-Hop label Dekagon Records, and Hip-Hop journalist at Glock Clips and Stock Tips). Those dudes put me on to (in my, as well as MANY other’s opinion) the greatest Hip-Hop record of all time, Nas’ Illmatic. This record from beginning to end is complete Hip-Hop perfection. This record also ranks in my top ten musical works of all time, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to this record. Here’s all of the videos from this record. If you don’t know, now you know:
“The World is Yours”
“It Ain’t Hard To Tell”
A DOPE freestyle from the Stretch and Bobbito Show just prior to Illmatic being released:
AND a brief documentary on the record:
http://www.travishouldcroft.com!!! New domain name! Same weird sounds!! Update your bookmarks!!
Myself and a group of talented sound artists have organized and will be leading a FREE class/discussion group on Sound Art through The Public School, New York (http://nyc.thepublicschool.org/) on Saturdays in February and March held at Eyebeam (http://eyebeam.org/).
The meetings will cover the basics of sound and digital representation of sound, primary areas of sound art creation and creation tools, home-made hardware sound art tools, conceptual and philosophical aspects of sound art creation, and will culminate with a listening/performance session of works composed by anyone involved.
You can find more information about the class here: http://nyc.thepublicschool.org/class/2732.
The class is open to all skill levels, though we will be going over some of the basics of sound art, and the time spent on more introductory topics will depend on the knowledge base for those attending.
Artists that will be leading the classes include Taeyoon Choi (http://taeyoonchoi.com), Mike Clemow (http://michaelclemow.com, http://semiotech.org), Roddy Schrock (http://fundamentallysound.org), Jackson Moore (http://jacksonmoore.net), and Jamie Allen (http://www.heavyside.net).
Hope to see you there! Please let me know if you have any questions!
All this week I have been participating in a workshop led by Daniel Neumann on “Modular Composition”, a method of collaborative composition where each composer contributes to the composition in a way that both integrates but also can hold up on its own. The composition Made Space that is the result of this workshop will be presented on Friday, July 30th 8:00 PM at Diapason Gallery, 882 3rd Ave., 10th Floor, Brooklyn. Collaborating composers include Wolfgang Gil, Nisi Jacobs, David Mosscovich, Daniel Neumann, and Tamara Yadao. See the performance page for more information, it will certainly be a unique performance!