To the extent that Snarky Puppy has a core sonic idea, it’s an intricate melody over a multifaceted groove, as generated by multiple horn players, multiple guitarists, multiple keyboardists and multiple percussionists. It gathers ideas openly and avidly from all over the world and throughout the Afro-American popular music continuum, blending freely.
Detroit Tiger Davy Jones at bat on opening day. Chicago White Sox catcher Billy Sullivan with umpire behind. Typed on label on mat back: “Opening day, Bennett Park, 1911. Tigers vs. White Sox. Davy Jones at bat. Billy Sullivan catching. Game played in snow storm.” Handwritten on mat back: “Davy Jones at bat. April 16, 1911, opener. Catcher Sullivan, Chicago. Ump. Perrine. Bennett Park.”
Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library
This is a spectacular series of photo documentation. Agou’s images show the cloudier, rainier side of “pastoral” and shed perspective on our similarities as humans. The video montage combines the photos with audio recordings to illuminate their stories far better than a simple caption ever could.
#Tbt - This zoned out girl giving zero fucks about the capoeira going on in front of her face at Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts 2015. (Just got a load of film back, prepare for spamming.)
#detroit #redfordmi #sidewalkfestival #capoeira #girl #argusc3 #argus #filmisnotdead #filmphotography #2015 #negativeandprint (at Redford, Michigan)
A good deal of this book is nonsense, which I think Cage himself knew (“I don’t give these lectures to surprise people, but out of a need for poetry.”), but then again, I like nonsense, especially if it’s the right kind of nonsense. (Kay Ryan once said “nonsense is extremely close to poetry… nonsense operates by rules.”) And, in fact, like his music, a lot of these lectures were composed with rules, Cage using chance operations to compose them. (“I have nothing to say / and I am saying it / that is poetry.”)
The book begins with this wonderful thought:
Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating.
Those three sentences alone could change your life. (Read them again.)
Or this one:
It is not irritating to be where one is / only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else.
This sentence, too:
We have eyes as well as ears, and it is our business while we are alive to use them.
Here’s his story of visiting a “sound-proof” chamber:
There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot. For certain engineering purposes, it is desirable to have as silent a situation as possible. Such a room is called an anechoic chamber, its six walls made of special material, a room without echoes. I entered one at Harvard University several years ago and heard two sounds, one high and one low. When I described them to the engineer in charge, he informed me that the high one was my nervous system in operation, the low one my blood in circulation. Until I die there will be sounds. And they will continue following my death. One need not fear about the future of music.
Cage sprinkled the book with little stories and Zen parables, “playing the function that odd bits of information play at the ends of columns in a small-town newspaper.” These are my favorite parts of the book. Here’s one:
After a long and arduous journey a young Japanese man arrived deep in a forest where the teacher or his choice was living in a small house he had made. When the student arrived, the teacher was sweeping up fallen leaves. Greeting his master, the young man received no greeting in return. And to all his questions, there were no replies. Realizing there was nothing he could do to get the teacher’s attention, the student went to another part of the same forest and built himself a house. Years later, when he was sweeping up fallen leaves, he was enlightened. He then dropped everything, ran through the forest to his teacher, and said, “Thank you.”
That’s another big lesson with Cage: if you want to hear something, you’ve gotta keep your mouth shut. If you keep your mouth shut, things will happen. Elsewhere, outside the book, he told a similar story about his own life:
[O]ne day I got into [a cab] and the driver began talking a blue streak, accusing absolutely everyone of being wrong. You know he was full of irritation about everything, and I simply remained quiet. I did not answer his questions, I did not enter into a conversation, and very shortly the driver began changing his ideas and simply through my being silent he began, before I got out of the car, saying rather nice things about the world around him.
George Mantor had an iris garden, which he improved each year by throwing out the commoner varieties. One day his attention was called to another very fine iris garden. Jealously he made some inquiries. The garden, it turned out, belonged to the man who collected his garbage.
A story about Arnold Schoenberg and his eraser:
I was studying with Schoenberg one day as he was writing some counterpoint to show the way to do it, he used an eraser. And then while he was doing this he said, “This end of the pencil is just as important as the other end.”
It’s a lot easier to “get” Cage when you know a little bit about Zen Buddhism. (A good book that explores this is Where The Heart Beats.)
I like how much Cage talks about boredom:
[T]he way to get ideas is to do something boring. For instance, composing in such a way that the process of composing is boring induces ideas. They fly into one’s head like birds.
This is an idea he got straight from Zen:
In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all but very interesting.
He said when your ears are “in connection with a mind that has nothing to do, that mind is free to enter into the act of listening, hearing each sound just as it is…”
I like how he describes art as “a purposeful purposelessness or a purposeless play.”
This play, however, is an affirmation of life — not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and one’s desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord.
His fascination with the I Ching and chance operations led him to emphasize that not-knowing is one of the keys to making art.
when I am not working I sometimes think I know something, but when I am working, it is quite clear that I know nothing
He quotes Robert Rauschenberg:
I am trying to check my habits of seeing, to counter them for the sake of greater freshness. I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I’m doing.
There is a reduction of the ego that is essential to doing the work:
Some more parables. About freedom:
Artists talk a lot about freedom. So, recalling the expression “free as a bird,” Morton Feldman went to a park one day and spent some time watching our feathered friends. When he came back, he said, “You know? They’re not free: they’re fighting over bits of food.”
On standing in line:
Standing in line, Max Jacob said, gives one the opportunity to practice patience.
Probably not for everyone, but a very interesting read.
The ‘A chapel’ is a structure heavily inspired by the art of American sculptor Richard Serra. With immaculate sense of minimalism, Serra uses heavy steel sheets and makes them flow seemingly lightly, and fit perfectly as either an indoor or outdoor installation. Though it is called a chapel, it does not center on a specific religion. It serves as a beacon of light, a gathering point and place for meditation. It strongly defies and interrupts the horizontality of the plain in Vojvodina, northern Serbia. The structure consists of two entities. One is the ramp made out of cor-ten sheets and the other is the roof made with steel sheets, both entities are reinforced with a steel sub-structure.
Anderson .Paak performing with a live band and a little Bowie tribute! So good, very glad I tuned in the other week to check out the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards. This was definitely one of the highlights! Loving the funky R&B Paak vibes these days.
I’m seeking individual and collaborative opportunities to utilize my current strengths and build new ones; Projects that inspire continued learning and expansion of my knowledge.
I enjoy exploring communication in all its forms: face-to-face, advertisements and interactions therein, as well as in community and cultural arenas.
I'm a Communicator, Teacher, Engineer, & Calligrapher
2013 - Present
Sales Coordinator / Vintage King Audio
Senior administrator for a national Sales staff, co-manager of Sales Support team, high-touch customer service, Sales department project management, staff training and development, vendor liaison, financing partner lead, NetSuite enterprise software expert, Fun Committee founding member.
Sales Support / Vintage King Audio
Sales administration and logistics support for a lead salesman with Vintage King, making sure customers’ orders get from start to finish properly and quickly, which includes quote preparation, customer service, and shipping logistics.
Operations with M1 Distribution - B2B Distribution of American-made products to dealers across Europe and Asia which amounts to management of orders, customer service, international logistics, and purchasing for five product lines.
Audio Intern / Ringside Creative
Full service post-production facility for TV and Radio advertisements for the auto industry and Michigan tourism.
Intern / Golden Acoustics
Acoustic Treatment Products & Services - Prepared Google Sketchup CAD proposal mockups for clients with recommended acoustic treatment of fiberglass and proprietary Distributor panels.
WSU Music computer lab manager/assistant / WSU Music
Provided assistance to the student and faculty computer users in the use of the Mac computer and music composition software. The go-to Music Technology problem solver.
Intern / Harmonie Park Creative Group
Multi-room Recording Studio in Harmonie Park, Detroit
Wayne State University
Activities: Electronic Music Ensemble, Wayne State Studio One recording, WSU Music Listening Library/ Computer Lab