Today is the launch of Telephone, “a game of art whispered around the world” in which a singular message was eventually passed along and interpreted artistically by more than 900 artists from 72 countries. The game began almost a year ago; I received my assignment and finished my song in July; and today is the first time I’m getting to see the original message as well as the works that were inspired by my interpretation (1, 2). It’s a beautiful, amazing, humbling thing. And the Telephone team did a heckuva job figuring out how best graphically represent the transmission of the message across the world and through different art forms.
I know I’ll be exploring this for weeks, months. I hope you do too. My song, “Nest,” is here.
Hi friends! I’m so excited to announce that pre-orders are now available for my new album with Orca, Attack! (myself and David Rodriguez). C.M.S.O. is an educational album, inspired by library music and the electronic works of Raymond Scott, about the very real research field (ahem) of Course Management System Optimization. Head over to Strategic Tape Reserve for some truly elegant cassette tapes. Hope you are well, and enjoy!
Premiering Sunday: A new, ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations between myself and writer Tyler W. Weaver. The first episode premieres in Tyler’s MacroParentheticals newsletter on 14 February 2021; sign up for exclusive early access – and behind-the-scenes morsels – to all episodes.
Coming soon: A new, ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations between myself and writer Tyler W. Weaver. The first episode premieres in Tyler’s MacroParentheticals newsletter on 14 February 2021; sign up for exclusive early access – and behind-the-scenes morsels – to all episodes.
More from the newsletter this week: “Busy – and exciting – day on Friday as, after finishing my chat with Alison, I had my mind blown and face ripped off via email when Elizabeth Joan Kelly sent me her half of the first installment of re/emergence, our new ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations – I write the stories, read them, and she rips up, remixes, and transmogrifies those readings into her singular face-ripping/mind-blowing music: sometimes she’ll write the music to the story, sometimes I’ll write the story to the music. New collaborations are wondrous things – and a much-needed reminder of the connective power of social media at its best. re/emergence0001 debuts here, in mid-February’s Macro0040; you may consider the re/emergence to be thus announced.”
Thanks again to DJ Bleek for inviting me to put together a mix for Urban Mutant on KHUH LP Seattle (aka Hollow Earth Radio). Loosely built around the 1973 movie The Wicker Man thanks to inspiration from Gazelle Twin & NYX’s new “Fire Leap” cover, you can listen on Mixcloud or below, and please support the artists whose excellent music you heard:
Just released (well, Friday, but our internet’s been out): a surprise (!) mini-release of 2 quarantine-themed “public service announcement”-style songs. Find out more on the album post. Enjoy, stay safe, and stay home (unless you’re in the US, in which case stay safe and VOTE!).