April 19, 2012

I like sending mail art to friends and sometimes artists and musicians that I am inspired by. Sending things by mail or receiving a letter is a dying art, that I am particularly invested in reviving. Toronto hosts an art event called Images Festival every year and they put out a beautiful catalog of all the events. I thought it would be fun to make a few collages from some of the images in their catalog to make my own images.

Azealia Banks – 212

February 28, 2012

Infectiously Happy

February 21, 2012

Bad Girls

February 12, 2012

Ray Charles

January 18, 2012

I watched the movie Ray recently starring Jamie Foxx and I was really moved by the music and the story. Ray Charles was a pretty phenomenal musician and person all around; he had his share of demons to contend with. I love this song and the wonderful contribution that Margie Hendrix brings to it. Charles is thought to be have been more influential to rock-n-roll than Elvis Presley.

The Buddha Machine

January 12, 2012

I always thought that the graphic that they created to market this product was very clever.

The Buddha Machine was a product that came out a few years ago. It was a small music loop player, the size of a pack of cigarettes that held a microchip containing 9 digitally-encoded drones that ranged in length from 5 to 40 seconds.

The Machine is a generative music device and the idea of layering loops of ambient sound can be credited back to Brian Eno who did similar work for his own installations, using tape machines. Eno was an early supporter of the Buddha Machine as a domestic technology.

Sukiyaki was a a Japanese hit that became wildly popular in America in 1961, despite the fact that the song was sung in Japanese. It’s a beautiful song with a very soothing melody. The song was sung by a Japanese musician named Kyu Sakamoto. The song is about sadness and isolation; the original title means “I look up when I walk.”On August 12, 1985, Kyu Sakamoto died in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123. He was one of 520 people who died in the crash, Sakamoto was 43 years old.