Madeline Hoak on Spectators of Digital Dance

Part of the Telephone project (previously written about here) is a section of essays about the project as a whole. Artist and academic Madeline Hoak‘s “Digital Dance & TELEPHONE: A Unique Spectator Experience” analyzes how participants interpreted digital dance including my piece, “Nest,” which was preceded and inspired by a digital dance by Micaela Mamede.

[Image: still from Micaela Mamede’s dance film]

New song and a giant game of Telephone

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.

CMSO Pre-orders now available

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!

WTUL Charts and CMSO pre-release

So tickled that Farewell, Doomed Planet! just won’t stay off the WTUL charts; it comes in at #19 for the week of 03/07/21-03/13/21.

Also, pre-release for my new EP with Orca, Attack! goes on sale tomorrow! Keep your eyes on the Strategic Tape Reserve Bandcamp for cassette tapes, and the Elizabeth Joan Kelly and Orca, Attack! Bandcamp pages for digital only purchases.

Launching Sunday: re/emergence

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.

New Series: re/Emergence

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 2021sign 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.”

Stay tuned.

Urban Mutant guest mix archive and tracklist

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:

Gazelle Twin & NYX – Fire Leap
Alex Zhang Hungtai – This Is Not My Country
Elizabeth Joan Kelly – Lamentation (unreleased)
The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe (feat. Moses Sumney) [Lucinda Chua Rework]
Penelope Trappes – Burn On (Mogwai Rework)
United Bible Studies – The Star Of The Sea Moves Today To Its Rising
California Redemption Value – Highland Widow’s Lament
Murmur Mori – Willow’s Song (Italia)
serpentwithfeet – penance
Kadhja Bonet – Procession
Alan Morse Davies – Ys (excerpt; not yet released)
boom boom chickachickachicka wowow – Summer is icumin in – Extra Take (Drunk)

December 9 Guest Mix on Urban Mutant

Thanks to DJ Bleek for inviting me to put together a mix for the December 9 episode of Urban Mutant on KHUH LP Seattle (aka Hollow Earth Radio). The mix is loosely built around the 1973 movie The Wicker Man thanks to inspiration from Gazelle Twin & NYX’s new “Fire Leap” cover. Artists include Alex Zhang Hungtai, The Cinematic Orchestra, Moses Sumney, Lucinda Chua, Penelope Trappes, Mogwai, United Bible Studies, California Redemption Value, Murmur Mori, serpentwithfeet, Kadhja Bonet, Alan Morse Davies, and boom boom chickachickachicka wowow, plus an unreleased track from me. I’ll post the full tracklist and Mixcloud here after it’s up, or listen live at 5pm CST.